Officers rescue woman from burning home

January 3, 2018

Officers Silver, Meyer recommended for life-saving award

Two Bartlesville Police Department officers have been recommended for the department’s prestigious life-saving award for their role in saving a woman’s life during a house fire last week.

On Dec. 28, 2017, Adam Shift officers Steven Silver and Brandon Meyer responded to a fire in the 1900 block of Southwest Keeler Avenue. The officers, who arrived ahead of firefighters and EMS personnel, determined that one person inside the home had gotten out safely but that another, a female resident, was trapped inside.

“Officers Silver and Meyer entered the smoke-filled house immediately, and quickly found the trapped female resident down inside the house and unresponsive,” said BPD Public Information Officer Capt. Jay Hastings. “The officers worked together and dragged the woman to safety outside the burning house. They were able to get her to her feet and walk her to a patrol unit to get her out of the cold and wait on fire and EMS to arrive.”

Hastings said the woman suffered some second-degree burns and severe smoke inhalation.

“She was eventually transferred to a Tulsa hospital for further treatment, but she should survive — thanks to the heroic efforts of officers Silver and Meyer,” Hastings said.

Both officers were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and sent to the emergency room for further treatment, where they were quickly released.

“They were released back to full duty and returned to service to finish out their shift,” Hastings said.

“I am most appreciative of the two Bartlesville police officers who risked their own lives to save the victim of a house fire,” said Police Chief Tom Holland. “It is an honor to serve with officers of this caliber.”

Photo: Brandon Meyer, left, and Steven Silver have been recommended for the police department’s life-saving award for helping a local woman to safety during a house fire on Dec. 28, 2017.