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NY EMT helps 3 people, dog escape house fire

Albany County Sheriff’s Office EMT Jack Houck was on standby when he noticed the home on fire

By Laura French

NEW SCOTLAND, N.Y. — A New York EMT who noticed a house on fire while on standby helped three members of a family and their pet dog evacuate safely.

Albany County Sheriff’s Office EMT Jake Houck was driving through the area when he saw the burning home where a mother and her two daughters were still inside, according to NEWS 10. Houck called the fire into dispatch and started going around the building to see if anyone was trying to escape after seeing a minivan in the driveway.

Houck said he met the mother, children and dog at the front door and assisted in getting them out of the house and into the ambulance for safety, where he stayed with them until they were picked up by other family members.

Houck said he rolled his ankle during the incident but was glad he was in the right place at the right time to help the family.