Deputy Pulls Man Out of Burning Building
During routine patrol, Deputy John Habermehl heard a report of a fire at an apartment on Maciel Avenue in Live Oak and arrived before the fire department. The door was locked, so he went to the rear of the apartment and found the sliding glass door to the burning apartment was locked as well. He found a window ajar and pulled the screen off to get inside. There he found another locked door between the bedroom and the living area, worse it did not have a knob and could not be opened without tools. Smoke was rising in the living area and there was no response from anyone on the other side of that door. Deputy Habermehl kicked the door open and found the room filled with smoke. He got down on his hands and knees to stay out of the majority of the smoke, and started searching for victims. He located a man lying on a recliner and could tell the man was still alive, but could not wake him. Deputy Habermehl unlocked the sliding glass door and, after taking a few breaths, returned to the smoke-filled room to drag the unresponsive man to safety. Fire personnel arrived on scene and the man soon regained consciousness. Deputy Habermehl’s quick actions probably saved the victim's life and may have saved the lives of several other residents of the apartment complex, as well.