Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputies Brave Merritt Island House Fire To Save Woman, Pets
By Space Coast Daily // January 22, 2017
BCSO EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputies Jesse Doucette, Ben Fischer and Robert Bennett Save the Day
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As most of you know, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is comprised of many units and squads who perform very important functions around the clock to protect our citizens.
To better introduce you to our team, from time to time we will post employee and unit spotlights so you can meet and get to know the incredible men and women of your Sheriff’s Office.
Early Friday morning, East Precinct Deputies Jesse Doucette, Ben Fischer and Robert Bennett responded to Lynne Drive on Merritt Island in response to a residential fire.
Deputy Doucette was the first to arrive and as he exited his patrol car, he heard bystanders yelling, “She’s still in there!” Deputy Doucette ran to the home as the fire was quickly spreading and was able to see a female inside slumped over in a wheel chair.
Deputy Doucette entered the home and crawled through the heat and smoke, making his way to the unconscious victim. He then dragged her to safety from the burning home where he and Deputy Ben Fisher began lifesaving first aid efforts until fire rescue personnel arrived.
The female was transported to a local hospital for further medical care.
While Deputy Doucette and Deputy Fisher were caring for the resident, Deputy Robert Bennett arrived on-scene and began looking for any other occupants. He located a dog lying inside the home and was able to crawl to the unconscious dog, drag it from the home.
He utilized an oxygen tank provided by fire rescue to provide aid until the dog started breathing again. A second dog exited the home on its own and appeared to be uninjured. Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control responded to the scene and treated the pets for smoke inhalation. The dogs were taken for safekeeping while the resident recovers.
Fire rescue personnel who responded to the scene stated there is no doubt that the quick actions of the deputies saved the lives of the woman’s and her pets.
It is believed that the fire was likely the cause of a faulty space heater in one of the bedrooms. Deputy Doucette has proudly served our citizens for three years, Deputy Fischer also for 3 years and Deputy Bennett for 6 years.
“I am extremely proud of Deputies Doucette, Fischer and Bennett for their incredible service to our community,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne.
“Because of their abilities, professionalism and passion, a victim and her pets lives were saved. I would also like to thank our incredible partners at Brevard County Fire Rescue for their live saving service. Please join me in thanking everyone involved for their commitment and dedication to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and protecting our citizens.”
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