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Bodycam shows hero cop rescue family during house fire

Officer Mark Conklin is heard directing the trapped occupants to jump out of the upstairs window before he proceeds to catch them.

7/21/2021 9:20:00 PM

Officer Mark Conklin is heard directing the trapped occupants to jump out of the upstairs window before he proceeds to catch them.

Officer Mark Conklin is heard directing the trapped occupants to jump out of the upstairs window before he proceeds to catch them.

Newly released body camera footage shows a heroic cop rescuing children from a burning home in Chautauqua County, New York.On Monday, the Jamestown Police Department shared a video captured by officer Mark Conklin's bodycam when he responded to a fire on William Street. Officials say he was handling a call for service on Baker Street when he was alerted of a possible house fire.

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When Conklin arrived at the scene, he found a house engulfed in flames with children and one adult trapped in the upstairs of the residence. He is seen running towards the house and begins pulling one of the children out, telling them,"Let's go, let's go, let's go."

Then, while requesting the help of the Jamestown Fire Department over his radio, Conklin is heard directing the trapped occupants to jump out of the upstairs window before he proceeds to catch them."C'mon, I got you. I got you. Jump. I got you," Conklin is heard telling those trapped inside.

Bodycam footage captured a Jamestown police officer running towards a burning building and rescuing several trapped children and one adult from the residence on Monday. Pictured above is a house burning in Pine Canyon on August 12, 2020, in Lake Hughes, California.

David McNew/GettyFacebookpost, Police Chief Tim Jackson applauded the officer for his efforts as one of the"most outstanding examples of bravery" he has witnessed on the police force."I can say that I have seen many examples of heroism over the years by officers," Jackson wrote."After watching the video of this incident and speaking to others involved, I can say that the actions of Officer Conklin were, to say the least, one of the most outstanding examples of bravery, heroism, and exemplary service I have seen."

The police chief added,"We, the Jamestown Police Department, are honored to have officers such as Mark Conklin working in the Jamestown Police Department."Jackson also thanked the local fire department for their help in fighting the Monday fire.

No injuries were reported and no additional information was provided on the cause or extent of the fire.In an interview withThe Post-Journal, Conklin said his"only objective [was] to make sure everyone gets out.""I'm just glad I was in the right place at the right time," the 25-year-old officer said.

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Conklin has served as an officer at the department for four years. Read more: Newsweek »

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