By PoliceOne Staff
ALBUQUERQUE — An officer is recovering from smoke inhalation after saving several people — including a baby — from their burning homes early Thursday.
Officer Robert Mitchell of the Albuquerque Police Department was nearing the end of his graveyard shift when he drove up on an apartment building engulfed in flames.
Hearing screams from the apartment, Officer Mitchell entered and subsequently rescued several people, several pets, and a newborn baby from the fire.
The residential complex was completely destroyed by the fire, but all of the occupants escaped the fire without injury.
In performing his heroic actions, Officer Mitchell was assisted by an off-duty Bernalillo County Fire Department Divisional Chief who has not yet been identified by name.
“Officer Mitchell suffered smoke inhalation,” Officer Martinez stated, and was “transported to the hospital where his loved ones have joined him.”
The Albuquerque Fire Department will investigate the cause of the fire and the American Red Cross is assisting the displaced families with housing.