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Two NYPD Officers Suffer Minor Injuries Responding to Brooklyn Fire

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Two New York City police officers are out of the hospital after they were hurt responding to a fire in Brooklyn Thursday.

The fire broke out in a three-story residential building in Williamsburg at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Police say Sergeant Adrian Harris ran inside to get residents out while Officer Aml Elsokary held the door open.

Elsokary heard a baby crying and ran to the second floor, where she found a 1-year-old girl and her grandmother, escorting them both out.

The baby's father, Felipe Arroyo, is more than thankful.

"The cop was very heroic for getting everyone out of the building," he said.

Other family members said it was indeed heroic as Harris and Elsokary risked their lives to save residents on Scholes Street.

"Both of them run inside the building, they're knocking just viciously on the door, and the male officer just runs up, all I see is him go up the stairs, and I see the female just keeps knocking on the door," said resident David Diaz.

"Thank God that she was knocking on the door and help me out because I couldn't see anything," said resident Carmen Delrio. "Between the smoke and the cough that I have, I couldn't do anything."

As firefighters rushed to the scene, the officers from the 90th Precinct were rushed to the hospital for smoke inhalation. They were released from the hospital Thursday evening.

The NYPD says the officers followed correct procedure in terms of notifying residents, a move that ultimately may have saved lives.

"The nature of policing and firefighting is spontaneous," said Police Commissioner William Bratton. "You have rules. You have regulations. You have policies. You have guidelines. And the fire protocols we just came out with are guidelines. Officers will instinctively do what they have to do, as these two officers did, and I have nothing but the highest praise for their actions today."

The rescue by the two officers came a day after the NYPD released a memo to all officers about fire safety. The memo says officers should use the stairs when possible and should
get off two floors below the fire if taking an elevator. They should also look into elevator shafts for smoke and keep in contact with dispatchers.

The memo comes after two officers became trapped in a Coney Island fire last weekend and suffered severe smoke inhalation. Officer Dennis Guerra died Wednesday. His partner, Rosa Rodriguez, remains in critical condition.

It was clearly something the two officers who raced into these apartments on Thursday were thinking about.

"Talking to Officer Elsokary, who is the mother of five children herself, a mother of five children, she's been on the job eight years, sergeant's been on the job nine years, I asked her about that , and she said, 'Going in,' she said, 'the events of Sunday were very much on my mind, but I had to go in. I had to go in. I could hear the baby crying,'" Bratton said.

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