SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) - The Sidney Fire and Police departments are honoring the hard work of emergency responders.
This comes after a house fire on April 10, where police officers arrived first on scene and rescued a man and two dogs from a burning building.
New video released Tuesday shows the officers jumping into action as they arrive on scene. They rescue two dogs and man with flames breaking through the roof and kitchen.
The Sidney Fire Department arrived 6 minutes and 30 seconds after the rescue. As the firefighters arrived on Old English Court, the roof collapsed.
However, police officers like Sgt. Jerry Lorenzo were able to grab a few family photos before it was too late.
"When we were there and this fire is happening, you kind of feel helpless. You want to help but there's nothing really we can do. We've done everything we can at that point. It occurred to me to grab everything off the wall," said Sgt. Lorenzo.
The family is thankful that police got there when they did.
"My family and I can't thank you enough. For my fathers safety and my dogs. You didn't have to go collect my belongings," said Rebecca Deforde with tears in her eyes.
The Sidney Fire Department says they would have loved to be the first on scene, but without a fire station in the vicinity, their drive was longer than responding police.
That's where the May ballot could change things. Residents will have the opportunity to pass a Fire/Street levy that will cost someone making $35,000 a year $17.50 in taxes if they work in Sidney.
"I just feel like if there was a fire station closer, four minutes makes so much more of a difference," said Deforde.
Because of the lack of coverage, several other nearby fire departments were dispatched to this fire as well.
No one was injured.
For more information on the levy, click here.
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