Off-duty cop saves elderly couple and dog from house fire
DI Usher was off-duty and taking a run near his home before work when he spotted smoke and a fire at the back of a house. As he approached the house, he saw several neighbours and asked whether anyone was inside. He was told that an elderly couple lived there and were believed to be inside.
After confirming that the fire service had been called, DI Usher knocked on the door and was met by a confused elderly gentleman. DI Usher identified himself as an officer and led the man outside, before returning to collect his wife. He helped the lady downstairs and tucked the family dog under his arm.
The fire service arrived, and DI Usher updated them that he had rescued two people, before carrying on with his run. At the end of his working day DI Usher went back to the house to check on the couple, who were grateful for his help. The fire was believed to have started in the garage, which although detached was just inches from the house.