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Police Officer Honored for Saving Baby, People, and Dogs During Albuquerque Apartment Fire

Friday’s Hero: APD Officer Robert Mitchell

June 28, 2013

Albuquerque- Today Mayor Richard J. Berry honored an Albuquerque Police Officer who risked his own life to save the lives of others. Earlier this month, Officer Robert Mitchell made headlines after he bravely ran into an engulfed apartment complex saving several people and canines.

On June 13, near the end of Officer Mitchell’s graveyard shift in the Southeast region of town, he arrived at an apartment complex that was on fire. Inside he could hear screaming. With no hesitation he ran into the building saving a newborn, rescuing several people, and getting a couple dogs out of the grasps of the greedy flames.

The Albuquerque Fire Department responded shortly afterwards and extinguished the fire, which ultimately claimed the complex, completely destroying it.

After his valiant rescue, Officer Mitchell was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation, and letter in the day was permitted to go home for rest and recovery. With a hoarse voice he answered a phone call from Mayor Berry that afternoon, thanking him for his heroism.