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Every Family Should Call For Their Free Smoke Detector

Most people run away from burning building.

Jamestown Police Officer Mark Conklin isn’t most people.

While on a service call early Monday morning on Baker Street, Conklin was notified of a possible fire on nearby William Street.

With time of the essence, Conklin ran into the burning home, lifted one child out of the home while leading a second child out of the house and then catching two adults on the second floor of the house as they jumped from the burning structure.

The footage is available on the Facebook pages of the Jamestown Police Department and The Post-Journal for those who want to see it.

The two adults and four children were treated for smoke inhalation at UPMC Chautauqua and released — but the outcome could have been much worse were it not for the quick thinking of Officer Mark Conklin. When seconds counted, Conklin wasted none — and lives were saved.

It is also worth noting that the home had no working smoke detectors. Anyone in need of a free smoke detector can call the Jamestown Fire Department’s Office of Fire Prevention at 483-7597.

It’s a phone call worth making. After all, Officer Conklin and the rest of the city’s public safety team can’t be everywhere at once, and a working smoke detector could do for some families what Conklin did on Monday — make sure your family has a tomorrow.

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