Mich. trooper saves hospice patient from burning home

The home was already partially engulfed when Trooper Jacob Strong arrived

By Brandon Champion

ALCONA COUNTY, Mich. — A Michigan State Police trooper rescued a hospice patient from a burning building in Alcona County.

The rescue occurred when trooper Jacob Strong of the Michigan State Police Alpena Post was getting ready to end his shift at approximately 11:44 p.m. on Wednesday when he heard the call of a residential fire on E. Swede Rd in Caledonia Township.

Dispatch advised a 68-year-old male hospice patient, and his wife were still inside the residence and could not get out. Strong arrived on scene to find the southeast corner of the residence fully engulfed in flames.

Strong was able to make entry through the south walk-in door and eventually located the hospice patient and his wife in the southeast room. The wife was struggling to get her husband out of the hospital bed on the main floor, according to police.

As the residence was beginning to fill with heavy smoke and the flames continued to spread, Strong assisted the wife and was able to get the husband out of bed to safely remove him from the burning home.

Deputies from the Alcona County Sheriff’s Office arrived and helped get the husband down the front steps.

Responding agencies also included the Alcona County Sheriff’s Office, Hubbard Lake Fire Department, Alcona Township Fire Department, and Sanborn Township Fire Department.

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