Hero Cops, Firefighters Who Saved Couple from Burning Home Recognized by Commissioner

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EAST NORTHPORT, NY – Police officers and firefighters who rescued a man and woman trapped in a fully engulfed home fire were recognized today by Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney K. Harrison.

On Friday morning, Second Precinct Police Officers Shane Wild and Steven Capogna were the first officers to arrive at the scene of a house fire on Penfield Drive in East Northport shortly after 3 a.m.

“The house was fully engulfed with its two residents trapped inside. The fire prevented the officers from entering the house through the front door, so a good Samaritan provided a ladder. With the ladder propped against the burning house, the officers climbed to a window, lifted the woman and carried her to safety,” the SCPD said of the two cops.

Members of the Commack Fire Department located and rescued the husband.

“The level of heroism and selflessness exhibited by Officers Shane Wild and Steven Capogna, the firefighters, and good Samaritans, who put aside their own safety to save a life, cannot be overstated,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney K. Harrison said. “While material items can be replaced, human life cannot. I am grateful that no one suffered life-threatening injuries and everyone involved is expected to make a full recovery. Thankfully, the woman and her husband were not injured. Officers Wild and Capogna were treated for smoke inhalation at Stony Brook University Hospital.”