Kansas City Police Officer Dustin Dykstra talks about helping 2 women escape a burning building

A family was rescued from a burning apartment last month, not by firefighters, but by police officers who were first on the scene. Two police officers said they saw the smoke from around the corner near South Patrol on August 31. With firefighters still on the way, they immediately took action. When they arrived, they quickly realized that people were trapped on the balcony of the apartment. “So to be there first and so quickly was a little nerve-wracking, honestly.” Dykstra and his partner arrived at 93rd Street and Bales Avenue. People were on a second story balcony 10 feet high. “Fire is kinda scary. It’s unpredictable what it’s going to do,” Dykstra said. It’s hard to breathe. Dykstra said he was trained in law enforcement, not firefighting. “It’s something I’ve never done before and hope I never have to do again,” Dykstra said. Officers rescued a woman in her twenties. The facade of the building was blocked by fire. A grandmother was trapped. “It’s like she came out of the smoke. She just disappeared on the balcony. We couldn’t see her anymore and you just see her feet dangling all of a sudden,” Dykstra said. “Those were the last two people who needed to get out. Once we found out there was absolutely no one else there, it’s a really good feeling,” Dykstra said. Dykstra has been with the force for five years. Her partner was recently deployed to the military shortly after saving these two women.

A family was rescued from a burning apartment last month, not by firefighters, but by police officers who were first on the scene.

Two police officers said they saw the smoke from around the corner near South Patrol on August 31. With firefighters still on the road, they immediately took action.

Upon arrival, they quickly realized that people were trapped on the balcony of the apartment.

“I’ve never experienced anything like this before. It’s always calling the fire department,” police officer Dustin Dykstra said. “So to be there first and so quickly was a little nerve-wracking, honestly.”

Dykstra and his partner arrived at 93rd Street and Bales Avenue. People were on a second story balcony 10 feet up.

“Fire is kinda scary. It’s unpredictable what it’s going to do,” Dykstra said.

It’s hard to breathe. Dykstra said he was trained in law enforcement, not firefighting.

“It’s something I’ve never done before and hope I never have to do again,” Dykstra said.

Officers rescued a woman in her twenties. The facade of the building was blocked by fire. A grandmother was trapped.

“It’s like she’s coming out of the smoke. She just kind of disappeared on the balcony. We couldn’t see her anymore and you just see her feet dangling all of a sudden,” Dykstra said.

Everyone got out safe and sound.

“Those were the last two people who needed to get out. Once we found out there was absolutely no one else there, it’s a really good feeling,” Dykstra said.

Dykstra has been with the force for five years. Her partner was recently deployed to the military shortly after saving these two women.

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