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Burbank cop saves man in house fire

March 23, 2009 6:25:57 AM PDT
A quick-thinking Burbank police officer is being called a hero after he saved the life of a fire victim early Sunday morning. Officer Kerry Schilf, a 17-year veteran with the Burbank Police Department, was on-duty helping with crowd control at the Pasadena Marathon when he noticed heavy smoke coming from a house in the 1700 block of East Del Mar Avenue.

He ran to the residence, fearing someone was trapped inside.

"He heard the resident from behind the door asking for help. He was trying to open the door. Officer schilf immediately reacted, kicked down the door, and the resident was behind the door," said Sgt. Darin Ryburn from the Burbank Police Department.

Schilf pulled the 66-year-old man to safety, but three cats inside the home were lost in the fire.

A fourth cat was rescued and is expected to survive.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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