Off-duty Suffolk police officer helps save family from house fire

CENTEREACH, N.Y. — A Suffolk County police officer is being hailed as a hero after he helped save a family of four from a serious house fire in Centereach, N.Y. Friday night.

Officer James Anson, a 7th precinct Community Oriented Police Enforcement officer, was alerted by his daughter that the house across the street from theirs was on fire.

Anson, who was off-duty at the time, sprang into action. His daughter called police while he grabbed a ladder and ran to the home to help the family inside escape, police said.

He placed the ladder near a second story window of the house at 2 Minto Court, where Jason and April noon were calling for help.

Anson climbed up to retrieve the couple’s 7-year-old and 5-year-old sons, who he then passed down to police officers. Anson then helped April Noon down the ladder and Jason Noon climbed down himself.

The family was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. A firefighter sustained an ankle injury and was also taken to a hospital for treatment, police said.

Another firefighter was able to save one of the family’s dogs, in good condition, as well. Another dog died in the fire.

Two nearby homes were damaged by the fire, which fully engulfed the front of the Noon family’s house, police said.

Arson squad detectives are investigating to determine the cause of the fire, police said.