BPD officers praised for actions in rescuing residents from burning apartment building


A group of eight Bakersfield police officers are being praised for stepping up to help rescue residents from a burning apartment complex Thursday on South H Street.

The officers were on scene at the apartment complex in the 3500 block of South H Street, assisting Bakersfield firefighters. 

Police were responding to reports of a suicidal man threatening to set himself on fire. Officers arrived and fire crews were already working on a car fire in a parking lot.

Officers then noticed smoke coming from the man’s apartment and began to evacuate residents, breaking windows and kicking down doors to make sure residents were safely evacuated. 

It wasn’t known if the man was armed at the time, making it unsafe for firefighters to enter.

The eight officers suffered smoke inhalation, two of whom needed further medical treatment.

Bakersfield police Sgt. Richard Dossey said the officers were all OK Friday and is working on a commendation for all eight officers.

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