Four Canton Police Department officers were credited with saving lives in a June fire, and were honored for their efforts Thursday.
According to Canton Police:
Four Canton officers responded to a fire in the Hidden Creek subdivision at 3:30 a.m. June 2, minutes before firefighters arrived, as the fire had engulfed multiple homes. Officers Michael Caplan, Jesse Lee, Domenick Marotta and Sgt. Tayor Lilley helped residents trapped in a fenced backyard, pulling them over the fence as the fire destroyed the home.
The officers were credited with going house-to-house to help residents escape their homes.
“They acted without concern for themselves in the face of danger as they strived to protect the lives of the residents. In one specific incident Sgt. Lilley and Officer Lee physically carried an elderly female unable to walk on her own to safety,” the police department said in a release.
Three homes in the subdivision were destroyed in the fire, and three more homes received moderate to minor damage.
The officers were given with life-saving awards at Canton’s city council meeting Thursday.