Peoria Police Officer Kyle Trouton is being hailed as a hero after rescuing a man from a Sept. 24 house fire in the 8600 block of West Quail Track Drive.
Trouton was alerted to the fire at 4 a.m. when his department received a call stating someone was screaming for help in the area. As officers were driving to the call, dispatchers received information that the house was possibly on fire.
When Trouton arrived on scene, he saw the house fully on fire and was advised by neighbors that there was still someone on the second-story balcony in the rear yard.
Flames were filling the house, but Trouton did not hesitate and knew he had to get back there to assist the resident, according to Sgt. Brandon Sheffert of the Peoria Police Department.
He made his way through the cluttered side yard to the rear yard, where he was met with smoke and flames. He saw a man hanging onto the second-story balcony, and Trouton told him to let go and he would catch him.
“The male jumped, and officer Trouton was able to catch him and keep him from hitting the ground,” Sheffert said.
“Thankfully, due to officer Trouton’s quick actions, nobody was injured in this fire. Peoria Fire Medical arrived on scene quickly and evaluated the resident and worked to ensure the fire was contained.”
Body camera footage from Trouton can be found on the Peoria Police Department’s social media (@PeoriapoliceAZ) and on YouTube at https://bit.ly/PeoriaPoliceFire.
The cause of the fire is being investigated, Sheffert said.