WEST WARWICK — A rookie West Warwick police officer is being credited with helping to save the lives of several people in a burning multi-family house early Saturday morning, including two who were taken to the hospital for apparent smoke inhalation.
Police officer Brian Goetz was on a routine patrol when he spotted the flames coming out of 24 Curson St. around 2:24 a.m., according to the police report.
After calling the West Warwick Fire Department to the scene, Goetz helped to evacuate four people from the home, including two identified as Bonnie Musk, 60, and James Musk, 40, who were taken to Rhode Island Hospital for observation and treatment of potential smoke inhalation. Further information was not immediately available.
"He saved some lives tonight,'' the officer-on-duty, who declined to be identified, quoted Goetz's immediate supervisor, Capt. Peter McConaghy, as saying.
Goetz, who is still on probation as a new officer, will hit his one-year anniversary with the West Warwick police department this month.