Heroic NYPD officers released from hospital after saving residents of burning building

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WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn (PIX11)–Two hero police officers are recovering after running into a burning building in Brooklyn and saving the lives of strangers.

Ironically, we’re learning these officers were briefed just hours before on new protocols that came as a result of Sunday’s Coney Island fire that ultimately killed an officer.

“There was a lot of smoke,” said Carmen Del Rio.

Clutching her one-year-old granddaughter in her arms, Carmen Del Rio recanted the moments that a stranger, hero police officer, helped her and her family escape their burning building.


At 12:59 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, a fire broke out at 32 Scholes St in Williamsburg.

According to the fire department, the blaze started in the rear of the building. A witness sent in photos of the rescues.

According to the NYPD, two police officers ran into a 4-story building to warn residents to get out.

“Patrol Sgt. Adrian Harris and Police Officer Aml Elsokary responded to a fire 32 Scholes Street,” said Commissioner Bill Bratton.

According to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, it was just hours before the fire In Williamsburg, Brooklyn that these officers had been briefed on new protocols that came as a result of Sunday’s Coney Island fire where two officers also tried to save strangers.

They jumped into an elevator and eventually were overcome by the smoke.

“I don’t have words really to explain how someone feels,” said Cathy Salazar

Cathy Salazar is the mother of 1-year-old Kayleigh.

She credits the police officers with saving her daughter’s life, and her other family members.

She raced to get here while two heroes were helping her family make it out alive.

“Whoever they are, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, my daughters fine thanks to them,” said Salazar.

“Officers will instinctively do what they have to do as these two officers did,” said Bratton.

Bratton said that these new protocols are interim.

They are working with the FDNY to tweak them. There are no national guidelines.

Unlike Sunday’s fire, this building did not have an elevator.

The officers were released from the hospital late Thursday.

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