Indy family rescued from fire reunites with IMPD hero officers
INDIANAPOLIS — A terrifying fire rescue has led to a heartwarming reunion at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s (IMPD) Southeast District Headquarters. It was only last week that a group of IMPD officers caught a family jumping from a burning building.
“There were literally flames all the way to my window already. The smoke was so thick and black, and I was just coughing,” Christine Culp described that night. “I’m glad we’re here. That’s all I worry about. »
On April 11, Culp was in his apartment on Burkhart Drive when this smoke started seeping into his house early in the morning. As she called 911, IMPD officers were on the way. Four officers rushed to his second-story window.
“As soon as I got them on the radio, I had them behind me within seconds,” Officer Wally Carroll said of his fellow officers. “We had seen people calling to say a woman had screamed.”
“As soon as all the flames were in the front room, I grabbed the kids and went to my bedroom, put on a blanket and kicked out the window.” Culp said. “They were like, ‘just give me the kids one by one.’ I just prayed over it, and let them go one by one. I just felt in my heart that my children were in good hands. I put [my son] first, then I leave [my daughter] go, then I just jumped. You couldn’t tell me twice. I jump.”
Officers were able to safely nab all three, including 3-year-old Elena Culp and 2-year-old Ezekiel Culp. Her daughter is still talking about the incident.
“She keeps telling everyone that mommy threw me out the window,” Culp laughed.
“Mom was a great quarterback, so I was a semi-pro catcher to get the kids out and get them out,” Officer Carroll joked.
When the family and officers made their meeting, the officers showed up with buckets full of toys and family necessities. The officers who rescued them pooled their money to give them a gift card. The gesture will hopefully help them get back on their feet. Culp and his children are currently living with their family as they look for housing.
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