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Police officer credited with saving family from fire

A Radford police officer is being credited with rescuing a family from their burning home last weekend.
According to Radford Department of Police, Officer Lemmie Sanders was working nearby when he received a phone call from an ambulance driver around 6:20 a.m. Saturday, April 25. The ambulance driver was transporting a patient to the hospital when he noticed a large amount of smoke coming from behind a house in the 1200 block of Tyler Avenue.
Upon arrival, police said, Sanders found the deck of the house fully engulfed in flames and called for the fire department.
Sanders knocked on the door of the residence until an adult awakened. He and that adult then worked together to awaken three other adults and a two-year-old child. All of the residents were able to escape uninjured.
“What he did was pretty amazing. He probably saved those people’s lives,” Radford Fire Chief Lee Simpkins said of Sanders’ actions.
However, Sanders downplayed his actions, saying, “I’m just glad I got there when I did.”
The cause of the fire, which caused an estimated $200,000 in damage to the home, remains under investigation. Fire investigators say it is not suspicious in nature.
Sanders has been a police officer with the City of Radford since June 2008.

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Police officer credited with saving family from fire

A Radford police officer is being credited with rescuing a family from their burning home last weekend.
According to Radford Department of Police, Officer Lemmie Sanders was working nearby when he received a phone call from an ambulance driver around 6:20 a.m. Saturday, April 25. The ambulance driver was transporting a patient to the hospital when he noticed a large amount of smoke coming from behind a house in the 1200 block of Tyler Avenue.
Upon arrival, police said, Sanders found the deck of the house fully engulfed in flames and called for the fire department.
Sanders knocked on the door of the residence until an adult awakened. He and that adult then worked together to awaken three other adults and a two-year-old child. All of the residents were able to escape uninjured.
“What he did was pretty amazing. He probably saved those people’s lives,” Radford Fire Chief Lee Simpkins said of Sanders’ actions.
However, Sanders downplayed his actions, saying, “I’m just glad I got there when I did.”
The cause of the fire, which caused an estimated $200,000 in damage to the home, remains under investigation. Fire investigators say it is not suspicious in nature.
Sanders has been a police officer with the City of Radford since June 2008.

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