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Tampa Police Officers Rescue Elderly Man From Smoke-Filled Home

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On March 16th, 2024, just after 4:00 pm, Tampa Police Officers were dispatched to a call of smoke coming from a home located at 3006 E. Chipco St. Responding officers were informed that a male resident, later identified as 81-year-old Wallace Carter, was trapped inside unable to evacuate and that burglar bars were on the doors and windows of the home.

Officer Travis Wilson, recognizing the situation was critical, quickly determined that specialized breaching tools, including a halogen and a ram, would be necessary to gain entry and save the resident. Officers arrived and forced entry into the residence.

Despite heavy smoke engulfing the home, Mr. Carter was found lying incapacitated on the kitchen floor.  Working together, officers were able to get Mr. Carter to safety outside of the home. Following the safe evacuation, Tampa Fire Rescue arrived at the scene and successfully extinguished the fire, which originated on the stove. Mr. Carter was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated and later released.

“The swift and decisive actions of these officers are truly commendable,” said Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw. “Their bravery and commitment to public safety are shining examples of the dedicated service of every member of the Tampa Police Department.”