An Omaha police officer is being credited for saving a sleeping man from his burning basement apartment Wednesday night near 29th and Lake Streets. Officer Kenneth Fox is on the Gang Unit and was not on duty but he heard the fire call on his scanner. He was nearby and decided to see if he could be of any assistance. He arrived before on-duty officers and firefighters and someone told him there was someone inside the building.
“As I made my way downstairs the smoke kind of overtook me a little but. Almost made me turn around but I wanted to make sure I got down there to evacuate people if I could.”
Officer Fox says there was thick smoke but he heard something that kept him going.
“I knocked on the door and I tried to open it but it was locked. I started yelling and calling to him and he was snoring. I was like, this guy is sleeping.”
Officer Fox was able to get inside the apartment. He found a man inside and started pulling him to safety.
“Then I felt the door and it was locked so I assumed someone was inside sleeping so I pulled him up next to the stairs and by the time I got him out there, I was trying to wake him up.”
Officer Fox did notice something while in the man’s apartment.
“He actually had open cans of beer sitting around the room so it is my assumption he was intoxicated.”
Officer Fox was overcome by smoke and was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and then released. The man in the apartment, Emanuel Harvey refused treatment.