BRIDGEPORT TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (02/06/18) - Two first responders were honored for their life saving efforts by pulling a woman from her burning house on Feb. 17 in Bridgeport Township.
"I'm here to say thank you and I mean it sincerely because if it hadn't been for them, well, we know what the outcome would have been," said Patricia Rance, who the two officers rescued.
Rance gets filled with emotion, while talking about the two men who saved her life.
In the early morning hours, her Bridgeport home caught fire and she was trapped inside.
"Scrambling around the house, then the house went dark. I guess the power went out and the smoke and then I just kind of got turned around and then that was it," Rance said.
Bridgeport Township police officer Eric Myczkowiak and Michigan State Police Trooper Darrell Wynkoop arrived on the scene first. They could hear Rance's cries for help.
"It was a little scary at first, but your instincts kind of kick in, let's get the job done, let's locate her and get to safety," Myczkowiak said.
Wynkoop said the officers could hear Rance moving around and making noise in the house as they went in to find her.
"Officer Myczkowiak was able to find her on the ground and we both grabbed onto her, went through the hallway and dragged her to safety," Wynkoop said.
The Bridgeport Township Board honored both officers for their heroics that night. The officers said they are humbled by the recognition.
"Any officer in the same position would have done the same thing we would have done. I felt like I was at the right place at the right time," Wynkoop said.
"It's an honor, it quite is, but the most important thing is that she's OK," Myczkowiak said.