Gilford officer praised for fire rescue of elderly couple
GILFORD - Officer Curtis Mailloux said he was just doing his job when he responded to a house fire Sunday night in Gilford. He kicked down the door and pulled two people to safety.
He's been a police officer for three years and on Sunday night he was one of the first to respond to a house fire and made a daring rescue.
"I observed heavy smoke coming from both sides of the building at which time I was able to park my cruiser across the street," said Officer Mailloux.
He kicked down the door and started to carry out an elderly man.
"I was able to successfully get him out of the house put him on the front yard and make my way back into the house and locate his wife," said Mailloux.
The elderly couple wasn't injured. Speaking to reporters on Monday his colleagues praised his quick thinking.
"If they became disoriented or went in the wrong direction or went any further into the house before they were rescued certainly they could have lost their lives very easily," said Gilford Fire Chief Stephen Carrier.
"That's what you would do for anybody and expect someone to do for you so that's probably what drove him to do that," said Gilford Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee.