OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City police officer is credited with saving a man’s life Monday after the man’s home caught fire.
Jesus Garcia says he was asleep when the fire started in the back of his home.
Garcia said, “I heard the knock on the door. I thought somebody was playing, thought it was one of the kids or something. Sure enough, come running out the house, whole cloud of smoke.”
Firefighters rushed to Garcia’s home in the 1700 block of N.W. 7th St. on Monday afternoon after getting word that heavy black smoke was pouring from the house.
Maj. Mark Davis, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, said, “We had a report that a police officer actually went in, knocked on the door and woke the occupant up.”
The fire is still under investigation.
Garcia says the home suffered some damage and is not livable right now.
Fortunately, he has family close by.
Fire officials say this serves as a reminder to always have a working smoke detector in your home.
Maj. Davis added, “With a battery.”
When asked if he had a message for the officer who saved his life, Garcia said, “Thank you man.”
Garcia says he doesn’t know much about the officer, adding he left after making sure he was out of the home safely.