NYS Trooper saves woman from house fire

Cattaraugus County

Courtesy New York State Police

MACHIAS, N.Y. (WIVB)–New York State Police featured Joseph Butler Jr. on their social media pages today.

Butler, a trooper out of SP Machias, was called to a fire at a home on State Route 16 where a woman was trapped and unable to escape in her wheelchair.

Police say Trooper Butler forced his way into the home, couldn’t see her due to thick smoke, but found her by listening to her calls for help.

He pushed the woman to safety and got her medical attention. Not long after that, the home was engulfed in flames, police added.

“Trooper Butler’s selfless act to enter the home no doubt saved the woman’s life,” New York State Police wrote.

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