Officer recognized for rescuing man from fire

Posted at 4:08 PM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 17:08:58-05

A second family is thanking an Omaha police officer for his actions to rescue someone from a burning house.

The Omaha Police Department shared a comment left on its Facebook page, recognizing an officer who responded to a house fire on Thursday, Dec. 17.

"I would also like to thank OPD's Jim Barnes! He pulled my father from the fire at 62nd and Ogden on Thursday. If he would have been a minute later, my father, a US Navy/Army War Veteran; purple heart recipient; 67 year old cancer survivor, would not be here today. Thank you OPD for risking your lives everyday, my family will forever be grateful!"

Barnes pulled the man to safety through a basement window after spotting his arm in the window, police said.

The fire at the home on Ogden Street, near 62nd Street, was caused by “improper use of electrical equipment within a bedroom,” according to the Omaha Fire Department.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken to the hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.

A similar rescue by Omaha police officers happened on Sunday.

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