Family Trapped In Burning Home, Off Duty Corrections Officer Rushes In

Off-duty Corrections Officer Ugur Akilli's neighbors sure are thankful he's around. Their New Jersey home caught fire, and the former volunteer firefighter rushed inside to save them.

Fire Rescue

He says, anyone would have done the same thing. The 33-year-old officer saved four kids and the grandparents from the two-story home.

Akilli received a plaque in a ceremony at the South Woods State Prison. Union President Mike Gallagher gave him the award for his bravery and courage.

He’s an outstanding officer. He’s sharp … and he’s a lifesaver now. He’s a hero. We’re trained at the academy to run towards danger, not away … he went in, and that training saved lives.”

Mike Gallagher

Jumping into Action

When Akilli saw the fire, he was walking out of his home. He called over to another neighbor telling him to dial 911, and proceeded to run into the home.

By the time he got over there, another neighbor was knocking on the door attempting to alert the residents of the home. Akilli didn't wait.

“The fire was spreading rapidly, so I burst through the front door and grabbed the 5-year-old-girl. I yelled for everyone to get out of the house as I ran her to safety.”

Ugur Akilli

As the fire moved quickly as Akilli grabbed the grandparents and the other children. He said, "In five minutes, that house was engulfed."

The homes residents were shocked at what happened. According to Akilli, "They had no idea the garage was on fire ... I was just grabbing them and pushing them out of their own house."

Team Effort

His neighbor, Rony Salvatierra helped Akilli pull the family members to safety. He said that the doors of the garage were warping when they first saw the flames.

Salvatierra is grateful that Akilli lives on their block. Thankfully all the family members were close to one another in a central location.

The grandparents were watching the kids while the parents were at work. The family is now staying with their relatives and will build their home again.

Just Doing His Job

Akilli was a volunteer firefighter for three years, He has gone into burning buildings before and has all the necessary training.

He says he was just doing what he was trained to do. Whether it was his training or basic instict, saving that family was the right thing to do.

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19 comments on “Family Trapped In Burning Home, Off Duty Corrections Officer Rushes In”

  1. Thank God for first responders, n to the idiots that hinder such love, remember thesr r Americans that love our Country n Countrymen. The rest B dammed!!!!.

  2. There should be more everyday heroes like this. Use the life God gave us for doing good things.

    1. Two angels among us responded to God's call and saved this family from a fiery death. God bless them and also the family they saved for a complete restoration of their home.

    2. there is they are called volunteer firefighters and in a lot of places that they are the main people that respond to fires and wrecks I know this because I was one for ten years until was unable to keep it up

  3. What caused the fire, because that fire in the picture is really moving and somebody should have spelled smoke.

  4. God Bless All of our firemen, firewomen, policemen, policewomen, paramedics, doctors, nurses, God Bless Us, ONE AND ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Thanks be to God for all caring people who do the right thing when called for🙏❤️🙏

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  10. This is why our First Responders deserve so much mor respect than they get❤️❤️❤️ Thanks to this young man a family is safe!

  11. That man is a hero, what caused the fire or why didn’t someone smell the smoke who cares, the issue presently is someone reacted swiftly and saved lives! Give that man a metal!

  12. Mr. Ugur Akilli IS a hero and we all need to call "him" by NAME and thank Mr. Akilli as we should all others who put their own "interest" and lives on the line for others...some known to them and some not!!!
    Thank and God Bless you Mr. Akilli!!!

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