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Chief: Officers risked their own safety to rescue 3 from fire

Hamilton Police Officer Hank Adkins (Provided by Hamilton police) Hamilton Police Officer Hank Adkins (Provided by Hamilton police)
Hamilton Police Officer Wyatt Arnold (Provided by Hamilton police) Hamilton Police Officer Wyatt Arnold (Provided by Hamilton police)
HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) -

Two police officers are being honored for risking their own safety to rescue three men from an apartment fire Wednesday.

Hamilton Police Officers Wyatt Arnold and Hank Adkins rushed into the burning Ross Avenue building just before 10 a.m.

"These officers, at risk to their own safety, were able to quickly react and saved three of our citizens from serious injury or death," wrote Police Chief Craig Bucheit in a press release. "The officers are outstanding examples of young men who are called to the law enforcement profession to serve and protect our citizens."

Arnold spotted flames shooting from an upstairs window and immediately ran into the building to search for residents.

Hearing voices inside a first floor apartment, he knocked repeatedly but got no response. He kicked in the door and found a father and son inside.

As Arnold helped them escape, they told him an elderly man who lived upstairs had health and mobility issues.

Arnold ran upstairs and began searching. 

Meanwhile, Officer Hank Adkins arrived on scene and ran inside the building, too.

Together, the officers found and evacuated the elderly resident, who is unable to move without the aid of a walker.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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