Fostoria police officers honored for rescuing woman from fire

PHOTO BY BRET NYE Officers Jerome Arnold (left) and Jennifer Muro pose with Chief Keith Loreno (center) of the Fostoria Police Department at an awards ceremony Wednesday evening honoring the two officers for their actions in helping a woman escape a house fire on Eagle Street in Fostoria in July.

Two Fostoria police officers were recognized Wednesday evening for their efforts in rescuing a woman from a house fire in July.

Officers Jennifer Muro and Jerome Arnold were given Life Saving Awards by Chief Keith Loreno of the Fostoria Police Department in the presence of fellow officers, members of Fostoria Fire Division and some Fostoria citizens in the Fostoria municipal courtroom Wednesday. Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler was on hand to congratulate the officers and hand them their awards.

At the ceremony, Loreno said Fostoria Police Department received a call about smoke coming from a house at 205 E. Eagle St. the night of July 4. He then described events as they proceeded.

“Fostoria Fire Division was dispatched immediately, and officers Muro and Arnold went directly to the scene,” he said.

“Officer Muro entered the residence and, with a flashlight and by staying low to the ground, found flames in the kitchen, along with an elderly woman,” he said.

Loreno said Arnold then entered the house and the officers carried the woman out of the house. The woman was later identified as Linda Sipe, he said.

“We’re honoring officers Muro and Arnold tonight for going well beyond the call of duty and helping to preserve a life with their actions,” he said.

After Sipe was taken out of the house, Fostoria Fire Division extinguished the flames, he said.

“It’s not uncommon for police and the fire department to help each other at a scene,” he said. “It’s one of the great things about being in a small town.”

Sandy Sipe, Linda’s daughter, expressed her thanks to the officers.

“Linda is doing well, now, and she’s in a nursing home,” she said.

“You two set the pace for helping us,” she told Muro and Arnold, “and we’re very thankful.”

Arnold and Muro said after the ceremony that they were simply doing what anyone in their department would do in the situation.

“We’re very appreciative of everything tonight,” Arnold said. “I was taught to never leave anybody behind, and I would never let my partner go into a burning house without following them.”