Officials rescue four seniors from residential fire in Elmont

Four senior citizens were rescued from a residential fire in Elmont on Saturday evening, according to the Nassau County Police Department.

Officers from the 5th Precinct were the first to reach a home on Catherine Court in Elmont after a fire broke out around 5 p.m. on Saturday, according to a department news release. Officers Gregory Errante, Anthony Tomeo and Brian Monahan went into the home and rescued Josette, Jean and Edith Thomas and Marie Rose Elysee, each over 70 years old, officials said.

“[Heroes] don’t run up and down football fields, they wear blue uniforms,” Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder tweeted on Sunday.

The residents were reportedly transported to a local hospital for treatment.  Along with the police officers, the Elmont, Lakeview, Valley Stream and Franklin Square fire departments and the Red Cross responded.

Lakeview Fire Department officials said that their Engine 414 was contacted by the Elmont Fire Department to stand by and help cover its district while Elmont’s firefighters combated the flames.

“With icy roads, tight streets, and overall cold, the little engine that could was ready to be deployed with our crew,” the Lakeview Fire Department’s Facebook page said. 

Detectives from the county’s arson/bomb squad and fire marshals, who were also at the scene, said the investigation was ongoing, but the fire “does not appear to be suspicious at this time,” according to the news release.

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