Police officer alerts residents to fire

  • Tue Feb 14th, 2012 6:53pm

By Eric Stevick Herald writer

EDMONDS — An Edmonds police officer who reached a burning apartment before firefighters Feb. 12 evacuated residents before she was treated for smoke inhalation, police and fire officials said.

Realizing that the complex was occupied by sleeping residents, Officer Jodi Sackville, 33, along with Cpl. Mike Richardson and Officers Earl Yamane, Ryan Speer and Andy Mehl, entered the unit where flames were visible, Edmonds Police Sgt. Mike Blackburn said. The officer, who has been on the force for more than three years, ran from door to door waking up the occupants. The fire caused more than $120,000 damage and left three people homeless, firefighters reported.

The fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. at an apartment complex in the 7600 block of 230th Street SW.

Sackville also knocked on doors to evacuate neighbors. She was treated by paramedics at the scene and was transported by firefighters to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she was treated and released for smoke inhalation.