2012-05-17 11:05 PDT
Cst. Tammy Douglas was in the right place at the right time, acting quickly to remove a local woman from a burning home in the early hours of this morning.
Just after 3 a.m. while making patrols up Mission Hill in Courtenay, Cst. Douglas observed a large amount of smoke coming from the area behind the Dodge Dealership. It was soon discovered that a home on Topland Road was on fire. Cst. Douglas immediately requested the response of the Fire Department, and headed to the scene.
Cst. Douglas found three occupants safely outside the home, however a young boy was yelling for help as his "Auntie" was still inside. The front porch area was now fully engulfed. Cst. Douglas entered the smoke filled home and found a woman in the back area of the home. Cst. Douglas was able to safely escort the woman outside. All residents of the home, including two family dogs escaped with minor injuries due to smoke inhalation. Cst. Douglas was treated for smoke inhalation, but did not suffer any serious injury.
Cst. Douglas exemplifies the dedication and commitment to duty that so many of my officers hold. I take great pride in knowing that Tammy's selfless actions ensured that nobody was seriously injured or killed in this fire, states Chief Superintendent Randy Wilson, the Officer in Charge of the RCMP on Vancouver Island.
The communities in the Comox Valley are well served by Tammy and her colleagues, who do not hesitate to put themselves in harms way for the safety and well being of their citizens.
The Comox Valley RCMP's General Investigation Section Arson Investigator and the Courtenay Fire Department are working together to determine the cause of the fire. Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Cst. Nicole Hall
Community Policing / Media Liaison
Comox Valley RCMP