Suffolk Cops Save Unconscious Woman, 67, from Burning House

Three Suffolk County police officers rescued an unconscious woman from a burning house in Brentwood late Thursday night.

The Third Precinct officers, Jesse Zuckerman, Darrell Randolph, and Ronald Racioppi, responded to a 911 call shortly before midnight reporting a fire at 11 8th Avenue in Brentwood, police said.

By the time officers arrived the house had already been fully engulfed in flames. They were met by a 71-year-old man yelling in Spanish that his wife was still inside the burning house, police said.

Officer Randolph understood enough of what the man was saying, and the three officers sprang into action, despite the heat and smoke. Battling low visibility, the trio was approximately 15 from the front door when they spotted the woman’s foot, which they grabbed. They then picked her up by her arms and carried her outside, where they administered oxygen. The woman was going in and out of consciousness by the time the Brentwood Fire Department arrived. The three officers were in and out of the house in 35 seconds, police said.

The woman, who was not identified, was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for treatment of smoke inhalation.

Along with the woman’s husband, four downstairs tenants—two adults and two children—safely evacuated and were not injured, police said.

Brentwood firefighters responded and extinguished the blaze.

Police did not immediately release a cause of the fire. Arson detectives are investigating the incident, but police said the blaze appears to be “non-criminal” at this time.