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YAY, Officer Desena!! You rock!!
Police save a 1-year-old boy after flames erupt in a two-family home in Watertown.
The fire broke out at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 25 Edgewood Road.
Firefighters saw flames leaping from the building. The fire rose from the basement to the first floor.
The basement tenant was not home at the time of the fire.
Sarah Parks and her four children lived on the first floor. She grabbed three of her four children but was forced to leave 1-year-old Lucas in his crib.
Police officer Jeff Desena ran into the burning home and saved Lucas.
“If he were not here, who knows what could have happened, so yeah, I owe him everything,” Sarah and her husband Michael Parks said.
The Parks lost just about everything but they said they are lucky to all be together.
“As long as we have the children, we can always buy more stuff,” Michael Parks said.
“He definitely did his job, going in to get that baby before the fire dept got there,” Larry Black, of the Watertown Fire Department, said.
The extent of the damage to the home is severe.
One firefighter was injured in a fall. The firefighter was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.
It took about half an hour to get the fire under control.
Fire officials said the fire likely started on the first floor of the house then quickly spread. The cause is still under investigation.
The Parks are staying with Sarah’s mother until they can get back on their feet.
Donations for the family will be accepted Monday at the Reach Out Ministries in Waterbury.
Four Watertown Police Department officers are retiring today after 20 years of service, according to Chief Joseph Goss.
The officers retiring today are:
Lt. Christopher Damon – B Platoon Commander, former Detective Sergeant, Task Force Investigator and range instructor. Damon has received numerous awards for service on the Drug Task Force and was Officer of the year in 1993.
Officer Kevin Froedtert – Ranger Instructor, Field Training Officer, Evidence Technician and Investigator. Officer Froedtert received special recognition in 1994 for his part in talking down a suicidal subject armed with a knife.
Officer Gary Egeberg – Formerly training director for the Black River St. lawrence Valley Police Academy. Master Instructor through DJCS. In 1993, Officer Egeberg was one of two officers who apprehended a suspect in a murder at the Poor House Tavern in Watertown.
Officer Robert Newark – K-9 officer for two dogs, Thor and Duka. K-9 instructor who headed the Watertown K-9 unit for several years. Officer Newark was recognized in 1993 for disarming a suicidal subject.
Due to the retirement of these four officers, three WPD officers will be assuming new duties effective Monday: Sergeant Michael Mullins promoted to Lieutenant and made commander of C platoon; Officer Michael Labarge promoted to sergeant; Officer Erica Derouin promoted to detective.