|Officer Honored with Life Saving
Award For Saving Family From House Fire
December 20, 2004 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam
and Police Chief Sterling Owen today awarded the department's Life Saving
Award to Officer Brad Anders for his quick actions in saving a family
from their burning house. Officer Anders has been with the department
since January 1994.
Chief Owen said that on October 10 at approximately 3:30 a.m., officer
Anders was patrolling his beat when he pulled onto Dempster Street
and noticed a house was engulfed in flames. Due to his knowledge of
his beat and the people who live in the house located at 2919 Demptser
Street, Officer Anders knew that a family with several small children
lived in the house.
Officer Anders ran down the side of the house banging on the siding
and windows while yelling for the residents to wake up. Once he was
assured they were awake, Officer Anders retrieved the fire extinguisher
from his patrol car and was able to extinguish the flames enough to
allow the residents to escape.
everyone was safe, Officer Anders began an investigation into the
incident. It was quickly discovered that the fire had been intentionally
set. Through his interview skills and the trust he had built with
the occupants of the house, Officer Anders was able to piece together
the facts of the case and identify a potential suspect. That information
was turned over to Knoxville Fire Department Arson Investigators.
Since then, warrants have been placed on two individuals.
Chief Owen said, "Officer Anders remained calm under the pressure
while acting quickly to get the residents free from danger. These actions
demonstrate his commitment to the community and this department."
Mayor Haslam said, "Officer Anders' actions clearly show his desire
to keep the residents of Knoxville safe. The families of the victims
as well as the entire community are appreciative of his dedication and
Officer Anders will receive a signed certificate from the Mayor and
Chief along with a certificate for a free dinner from Bayou Bay Seafood
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