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Dramatic body camera footage shows a New Jersey police officer rescuing a man from a house fire
Dramatic body camera footage shows a New Jersey police officer rescuing a man from a house fire

Dramatic body camera footage shows a New Jersey police officer venturing into a smoke-filled house to rescue a man trapped in a fire.

Evesham police said Officer Kevin Long was the first to arrive on a 911 call in the 1800 block of Sagemore Drive earlier this month.

Body camera footage released Monday shows Officer Long running toward the property when he noticed thick smoke rising from the townhouse.

“Without hesitation and under extremely dangerous conditions, Officer Long entered the home and navigated through near zero visibility to rescue the trapped resident,” the department wrote in a press release issued Monday.

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As Officer Long enters the house, he encounters a woman whom he urges to go outside. He then continues through the thick black smoke to rescue a man sitting in a chair next to a wheelchair.

Officer Long hastily pulls the wheelchair out the front door and then drags the man in the wheelchair out of the house. The video ends after Officer Long collapses on the lawn, coughing due to smoke inhalation. Police said he was later treated at a local hospital.

Authorities said both residents were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Firefighters, who arrived six minutes after the 911 call, according to police, were able to contain the fire to the kitchen and prevent damage to neighboring homes.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

By Seren