MIDDLEBORO, MASS. (WHDH) – The mother of a man with special needs praises a state trooper who pulled him from a burning building in Middleboro early Tuesday morning.
Private John Hagerty of Middleboro Barracks was patrolling the West Grove Street area around 1:15 a.m. when he noticed the Acorn Hill house was on fire, state police said. About a dozen people had left the building and the adjoining rooming house where the fire started, but Hagerty learned that one person remained inside on the third floor on the left side of the house.
“(Hagerty) threw a ladder to the ground that was there and helped the man out the window,” Middleboro Fire Chief Lance Benjamino said.
The man, identified as Patrick Sullivan, suffered severe body burns and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where he remains in the intensive care unit, Benjamino said. Sullivan’s mother, Lyn Cronin, said he was living alone for the first time.
“He woke up to the fire alarms going off and people were screaming to get out and he couldn’t get out his door, the fire was already there,” Cronin said.
Cronin was able to visit her son in hospital and was also able to visit Hagerty, who was taken to Morton Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation and later released.
“He risked his life to save my son. If he wasn’t there, I don’t know what would have happened,” Cronin said. “I started crying and I had to hug him and he was very humble like it was part of his job and for me it’s not. For me it goes beyond … I can’t thank Cavalier Hagerty enough – he’s definitely our hero.
“Our thoughts are with the victim this morning,” State Police wrote on Twitter. “We are proud of Tpr Hagerty and grateful to everyone who responded and helped. »
Two additional residents were assessed at the scene but declined to be taken to hospital, according to Benjamino.
No injuries were reported to firefighters.
The house was considered a total loss.
The American Red Cross is helping the 13 residents who have been displaced due to the fire.
The cause is still under investigation, but officials say the candle in the second-floor living room could be to blame.
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