(Michigan City, IN) - A Michigan City man owes his life to the heroics of three area police officers.
Just before 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 18, emergency dispatch received a fire call from the Dunewood Trailer Park on SR 212. The caller said his trailer was filling with smoke, and he was unable to exit.
Long Beach Police Deputy Marshal Mitchell Sightes was the first on-scene. He was advised by dispatch that the caller had stopped communicating. Wasting no time, Sightes kicked in the front door and found the victim lying on the living room floor of the smoke-filled trailer.
By then, Michigan City Officer Michael Petrie and La Porte County Sheriff Deputy Alex Pishkur had arrived. Petrie and Pishkur helped carry the resident to safety. He was treated by La Porte County EMS and was said to be in good condition.
Michigan City Fire Department later determined that the smoke had been caused by chicken left on a stove.
For his initiative and life-saving efforts, Deputy Sightes was presented a letter of commendation by the Long Beach Police Department.