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Indiana State Police trooper helps 2 people out of burning home

Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 2:17 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - 16 News Now is learning more about an Indiana State Police trooper who helped two people safely get out of a house in flames on Saturday.

16 News Now spoke with the trooper today to hear about how he helped save their lives.

“Luckily, I just happened to be in the area. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to serve my community, and I was just glad that I happened to be there. Luckily everyone is okay. That’s all that really matters,” Indiana State Police Master Trooper Mick Dockery said.

Dockery was in the middle of a traffic stop on Edison Road Saturday night, when a driver pulled up to tell him that a house was on fire not far from where he was.

“Proceeded to that area, and sure enough, I came up to Edison and Manchester area, and the house was on fire,” Dockery said.

There was a man and a woman in the house when Dockery arrived at the 3000 block of Edison Road, and without hesitation, he helped get the front door open and both people outside safely.

“You pull up and you see that a house is fully engulfed and you just react,” Dockery said.

The South Bend Fire Department then arrived on the scene and successfully put out the fire.

Dockery says keeping everyone safe in that situation was truly a group effort.

“I’m one small piece of the puzzle. If the motorist hadn’t passed by and notified me, South Bend Fire showed up and put the fire out. If they hadn’t gotten the fire put out, the house could’ve exploded, neighbors could’ve gotten hurt, who knows,” Dockery said.

Thankfully though, Dockery was in the right place at the right time.

“You never know what curveball life is going to throw at you. Regardless of what situation you’re in, God gives you the opportunity to shine, and it’s up to you whether you respond to that call,” Dockery said.

Trooper Dockery then finished out the rest of his shift Saturday night after being medically cleared at a nearby hospital.

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