Elderly Man Dies in Union City House Fire, Police Officers Tried to Save Him

  • Source: WBBJ-TV ABC 7
  • Published: 01/27/2014 09:39 PM

Union City Police Officers are investigating a house fire that killed a disabled elderly veteran, Sunday. Officers said the death of Marcus Sasser, 65, is a heartbreaking loss for the community and two officers who risked their lives over and over to try and reach him through the flames and smoke. Union City police officers were the first to respond to burning home in the 1000 block of High Street in Union City after neighbors called for help. When neighbors told responding officer Ben Yates there was a disabled veteran trapped inside, officials said he sprang into action. Neighbors said Yates immediately kicked through the front door and crawled through the home with intense smoke and heat to try and save a man he did not even know. "I knew that if he was still alive I was his only chance... I was his only chance of making it out alive," said Officer Ben Yates, Union City Police Dept. "It was a lot worse than I ever thought it would be, it was definitely overwhelming, It was indescribable." Yates could not reach Sasser who was in the back bedroom. Officials said that is when off duty officer Ben Burnett ran over to help. Both officers took turns searching the home, each trying to crawl further than before.


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