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Young cop's uniform melts when rescuing a 3-year-old boy from a burning apartment
“I gotta save this child at all costs,” the 24-year-old police officer said.
Michael Dabu
11.14.22

Their sworn duty was to protect and save people from all sorts of danger, that’s basically what a police officer does for a living. However, many of them don’t do what they do just because of the paycheck, but ultimately because they were born to selflessly serve their fellowmen.

That’s exactly what this amazing story of Tyler Dison of the Rogersville Police Department is all about.

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March 6 of this year, police officer Dison was about to wrap up his overnight shift when suddenly, he got a dispatch call over the radio about an apartment fire that involved a child.

When the fire department received the emergency call at 4:45 A.M., their firefighters were seven minutes away from the fire scene. Officer Dison, on the other hand, realized that he could reach where the said blazing apartment was in almost half that timeframe.

“I wanted to get there first,” officer Dison said. “I wanted to do more than just wait for the call.”

Every tick of the clock matters.

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It’s during emergency situations when time is really gold that’s why the on-duty cop wasted no moment and immediately rushed to the fire scene. Officer Dison reached the burning apartment three minutes earlier than the firefighters.

The fire was already coming out from one of the apartment’s windows, and the rest were billowing out heavy smoke.

As soon as officer Dison stepped out of his car, a panicking woman was screaming saying that her baby was still inside the burning house. He wasted no second and unhesitatingly ran toward the fire and thick smoke to save the baby.

“I gotta save this child at all costs,” the 24-year-old police officer said.

Time to be a hero.

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Officer Dison then came out of the apartment holding the three-year-old boy in his arms. They didn’t wait for the ambulance to arrive, instead, he put the toddler in his police car and drove ahead to meet the incoming ambulance.

Thankfully, the firefighters finally arrived and they aided another resident to escape from the burning apartment. And in just a matter of 10 minutes, the fire team had everything under control.

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After the police’s investigation, they found out that the fire wasn’t an accident. It was intentionally started by a 44-year-old man and what’s even more surprising was that he’s the father of the rescued three-year-old boy.

The suspect even confessed to authorities that he intentionally left his son inside after setting the house on fire. Soon after, the man was charged with seven counts of first-degree arson.

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The toddler sustained burns but if it wasn’t because of officer Dison’s presence of mind and quick response abilities, the poor boy’s fate could’ve been unimaginably horrifying. On the other hand, the cop also suffered from minor injuries like burns on his arms, and his police uniform also melted off of his body.

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Kelsey Tucker, the mother of the rescued three-year-old boy was beyond thankful for what officer Dison did to save her son.

In a Facebook post, she expressed her gratitude to her son’s hero, “I don’t even know where to start to thank Officer Dison for being my baby boy’s hero,” she wrote. “I am beyond thankful for what you did this morning to save him.”

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Thanks to the bravery of officer Dison, the toddler’s life was safe, we need more cops like him.

Watch the news report about this story in the video below.

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By Michael Dabu
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Michael Dabu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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