- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

SLOAN, Iowa (AP) - A Woodbury County sheriff’s deputy praised for his quick thinking and fortitude said he did nothing heroic in helping a woman escape from flames at an apartment building in Sloan.

Deputy Todd Peterson broke the fall of a woman who was hanging upside down from the second-floor window of the burning apartment on Tuesday. The Sioux City Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1Sq4g7M ) that at a news conference Wednesday, Peterson said he was just reacting to the situation that confronted him.

“I didn’t want her to fall and land on her neck,” Peterson said, so he ran over and told her he was the only person there who could help her and that he probably couldn’t catch her by himself.

He broke her fall when she dropped and then took her and another woman who’d jumped to safety to his patrol cruiser to stay warm until paramedics arrived.

“I just did my job,” he said.

“He did a fantastic job,” said Major Todd Wieck, of the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office. “I think it was a situation where that girl didn’t know if she was going to come out of that window on her own. With him standing below her, I think, it gave her the strength to go ahead and jump out.”

Both of the unidentified women were taken to Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City for treatment of smoke inhalation.

Sloan Fire Chief Lee Blanchard blamed the fire on unattended cooking material in an upstairs apartment. The building is a total loss, displacing 15 people, he said.


Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide