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Newark PD chief: Quick action of police, firefighters resulted in lives saved after Armstrong Living Center fire

Some of Newark’s most-vulnerable population is safe after a fire at the Armstrong Living Center on February 16th.

According to Newark Police Chief Richard Martin, Sergeant Randy Rice, Investigator Sergeant Jay Warren, and Officer Aaron Dean were dispatched to the scene to find a fire in a resident’s room.


The officers sprang into action and quickly evacuated the elderly residents from the second floor where the fire had started. Despite working through heavy black smoke, the officers were able to evacuate the residents to safety.

The quick actions of the Newark Fire Department also played a significant role in containing the fire, preventing it from spreading to other parts of the building. Thanks to the combined efforts of both departments, the fire was put out quickly, avoiding any serious injuries or fatalities.

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Chief Martin said the incident highlights the selfless service that law enforcement provide on a daily basis. “It also showcases the dedication of volunteer firefighters in our community,” he said. “On any given day, an officer’s shift can transition from mundane to life-threatening in the blink of an eye. However, these officers acted without hesitation to ensure the safety and well-being of the residents at Armstrong Living Center. The Newark Police and Fire Department’s swift and heroic response to the incident serves as a testament to their unwavering commitment to protecting and serving their community.”

Photo from inside the room where the fire started shared to Facebook by the Newark Fire Department.