Residential House Fire (Occupied) 10-25-19

Michael L. Haworth, Chief of Police
 Pinellas Park Police Department
7700 59th Street N. Pinellas Park, Florida 33781 

Contact: Sergeant John Shea Special Operations
o- 727-369-7840 c- 727-542-4979 

Title: Residential House Fire (Occupied) Case Number: 2019-83380 

When: October 25, 2019 at 0400
Where: 4332 70th Ave N 

On 10/25/2019, at approximately 0400 hours, the Pinellas Park Fire Department responded to a residential fire located at 4332 70th Ave. At the time, Pinellas Park Police Officer Jeffrey DeTrano was on patrol and observed the fire vehicles on 49th St. Ofc. DeTrano followed the fire department to the active fire scene to see if police assistance was required. Upon arrival, Ofc. DeTrano was notified by a neighbor that the resident, Christopher Jones (73 YOA), was possibly still inside of the residence. At the time, there were active flames showing at the front of the residence and Ofc. DeTrano relayed the information to the fire personnel on scene. Due to the potential of an occupant still inside of the home, Ofc. DeTrano made his way around to the backyard, traversing a fence. Once in the backyard, Ofc. DeTrano observed an open back door where smoke was billowing from. Looking into the residence, Christopher Jones was spotted by Ofc. DeTrano in the back room of the residence. The resident was crouched down and was not responding to Ofc. DeTrano. Without hesitation, Ofc. DeTrano entered the residence and made contact with Jones, carrying him out. Once outside of the residence, Ofc. DeTrano was able to support Jones and get him to the paramedics on scene. Christopher Jones was transported to a local hospital where he is in stable condition. Pinellas Park Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Robert Angell stated, "Officer DeTrano's actions saved a life today. If it were not for his actions, the outcome would have been tragic. Officer DeTrano's selfless actions display just one example of the commitment that all of our public servants have in service to our community." The fire is still currently under investigation by the Pinellas Park Fire Department and does not appear to be intentional. No injuries were sustained to any of the rescue personnel on scene. 

Released by: Sergeant John Shea C-727-542-4979 

Sergeant John Shea Pinellas Park Police Department
Special Operations Supervisor Communications: 727-369-7864 Desk: 727-369-7840 Fax: 727-369-7819