5 JPD officers commended for fire rescues

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Five Jonesboro police officers who helped save 3 people from burning buildings were commended for their heroic efforts.

During Tuesday's city council meeting Chief Rick Elliott presented commendations to Officers Joe Robinson, Heath Loggains, P.J. Williams, Nathan Coleman, and Josh Landreth.

Robinson lifted a woman out of the window of her burning West Matthews apartment in the early morning hours of Feb. 8. He received minor burns during the successful rescue efforts, according to an email from Paul Holmes, public information specialist for the Jonesboro Police Department.

This was not the first time Robinson has helped save someone from a burning building. He and 6 other officers were recognized in 2008 for rescuing residents from a burning retirement home.

Chief Elliott also presented commendations to Officers Loggains, Williams, Coleman, and Landreth for their convincing a woman and her young son to jump from the second-floor window of their burning Melrose Street apartment just before midnight on Feb. 24.

"The officers went far beyond what is expected of them in their efforts to save the lives of citizens they serve," Elliott said during awards ceremony at the Jonesboro City Council's meeting.

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