Sheriff Praises Men Who Saved Man From Burning Chautauqua Home

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace is praising the efforts of two men credited with saving a man from a fire Sunday in the town of Chautauqua.

In particular, the sheriff said Shaun Dimino and Austin Clark likely saved the life of the man found in the kitchen of his burning home on Morris Road. The 67-year-old victim was not named in a statement released by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

“The actions of these two men undoubtedly saved the life of the homeowner,” Gerace said. “I extend my sincere appreciation to Domino and Austin Clark. They are truly heroes.”

The incident began when Dimino, an officer with the Lancaster Police Department in Erie County, saw smoke coming from a residence on Morris Road in Chautauqua. Dimino owns a hunting cabin in Mayville and was traveling on Morris Road when he spotted the structure fire.

Dimino could not find the address on the property while speaking with a 911 operator; he rushed to a neighboring property, where he found Clark.

The pair entered the burning structure and reportedly found the homeowner in the kitchen, which was heavily filled with smoke. Flames were also visible in the kitchen, Gerace said.

Dimino and Clark carried the victim from the property before first responders arrived.