Off Duty Farmington Hills Officer Saves Woman from Burning Building
(Farmington Hills Police, Nov. 1, 2021)
Farmington Hills, MI – On October 25, 2021, at approximately 2:45 p.m., off-duty Farmington Hills Police Officer Ryan Yudt and his partner K-9 Dozer observed heavy smoke in a subdivision near Farmington and Six Mile Roads in the City of Livonia. Officer Yudt located the source of the billowing smoke, which was a residential home fully engulfed in flames. At that point, the Livonia Fire Department had not yet received any calls reporting the fire.
Officer Yudt exited his vehicle and approached a group of neighbors who alerted him that an elderly female who lived at the residence was believed to still be inside. Officer Yudt initially attempted to go in through the front door, but the heavy smoke and extreme heat prevented his entry. He quickly ran to the back of the home, where he was able to make access. Once inside, Officer Yudt located the elderly woman, who became disoriented, and carried her out of the home to safety. The Livonia Fire Department arrived on scene and was able to safely extinguish the fire, and then assumed treatment of the female resident.
“If not for the heroic intervention of Officer Yudt, this resident may not have survived the smoke and fire spreading rapidly throughout her home,” said Farmington Hills Police Chief Jeff King. “Our Department is proud of Officer Yudt’s actions in saving this woman’s life. His conduct is indicative of the extraordinary bravery of our Officers and their commitment to serving and ensuring the safety of all citizens, regardless of circumstances or zip code.”