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Two Ballston Spa officers credited with saving lives

Two Ballston Spa officers credited with saving lives

Two part-time Ballston Spa police officers are being credited with rescuing a family and others from

Two part-time Ballston Spa police officers are being credited with rescuing a family and others from a burning apartment building early Sunday.

The fire at 103 E. High St. gutted a second-floor apartment within the eight-apartment building.

The fire was reported about 2:20 a.m. Sunday, and police officers Stephen Porcello and Cory Wagner reached the scene before the village Fire Department. They found flames coming from one apartment and smoke coming from an adjoining unit.

The resident of the burning apartment was already out of the building, but the officers knocked on the door of the adjoining apartment, then kicked the door open when nobody answered. They awakened a man in the smoke-filled apartment who said his three young children were sleeping in another room, and the father and two officers were able to get the children out safely.

In all, six people were evacuated from four apartments before firefighters arrived, Police Commissioner Richard Duffy said.

Mayor John P. Romano and Police Chief Charles Koenig said the officers’ actions saved lives.

Wagner and Porcello remained on the scene after fire crews arrived, helping residents. The damage was largely limited to the apartment where the fire started.

“The firemen made a really good save,” said Duffy, himself a volunteer firefighter.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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