An off duty Gwinnett County Sheriff’s deputy assisted in the rescue of a woman fleeing her burning home at 176 Westbrook Street in Buford yesterday.
Deputy Kyle McMinn and his wife, who is pregnant with twins, were driving through Buford when he noticed heavy smoke nearby. Not hearing responding sirens, he immediately decided to investigate. When he arrived at the address, the house was engulfed in flames. He observed a man running around the side of the house towards the backyard, so he responded in that direction.
Deputy McMinn observed two subjects, a male and a female, on the upper deck of the home and a second man, who retrieved an extension ladder to assist with their escape. The woman carried an oxygen tank with her and appeared to have difficulty moving swiftly down the ladder. Deputy McMinn assisted in quickly getting her down the ladder, with the second male subject following closely behind her.
Deputy McMinn quickly relocated the woman, followed by the two males and a family pet, to a safe area away from the home and a large propane tank located on the property. Once Gwinnett County Police officers arrived, Deputy McMinn left the scene to get his wife away from the area.
Deputy McMinn has been employed with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office since 2011, where he has served in the Jail Division until his recent transfer to the Field Operations Division. He has declined all media interview requests and states, “I feel that I did the same thing anyone else would do. I will always do anything in my capacity to help others, which is why I entered the law enforcement profession. I’m just glad that this family is okay.”
Sheriff Butch Conway is pleased with Deputy McMinn’s initiative. “The fact that he took the time to investigate the source of the smoke, even while off duty, speaks volumes about this deputy’s desire to serve others. I’m proud of him.”