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Chief, officer credited for helping man escape burning home

OBSERVER Photo by Natasha Matteliano Fredonia’s police chief and an officer were credited with helping to rescue a man from his burning home earlier this week.

The village’s police chief and an officer are being credited with helping to rescue a man whose home caught fire earlier this week.

Firefighters were summoned Tuesday to 24 University Park in Fredonia for a report of smoke coming from the property’s roof and windows. County dispatch received word of at least one person trapped inside.

In a message posted to Facebook on Thursday, the department noted that Chief Phil Maslak and officer Rob Tracy helped the homeowner, who was sleeping when the fire broke out, escape the home through a small window. Maslak and Tracy first pulled out an air conditioning unit before reaching for the man.

“The two officer’s were able to pull the man through a small window, and get him to safety. Great job guys!” the Facebook post read.

Firefighters from Fredonia, East Dunkirk and Sheridan, as well as Chautauqua County Emergency Services, responded Tuesday.

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