Officer hailed as hero: ‘It’s our job’

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A veteran Lyons police officer who rushed into a burning apartment building says he does not want to be called a hero.

Officer Charles Wright was on patrol after midnight Monday when he spotted the glow of flames and thick black smoke pouring from the building in the 4500 block of Prescott Avenue. He radioed for help.

A few people were already standing outside, but he heard voices coming from inside.

Wright says he did not think twice about running into the smoke-filled building to help rescue a man and his child.

Eleven people got out safely, including Mary Jones and her 2-year-old daughter. They were trapped on the second floor. Jones broke a window and dropped her baby into the open arms of several police officers and firefighters.

Officer Wright was treated for smoke inhalation. He says the rescue was a team effort.

“I didn’t do anything out of the norm. That’s our job as first responders. I expect every police officer in this business to do the same thing, ” said Wright.

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