The South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police recently honored Jalye LaPorte, an East Hazel Crest police officer and Local 700 member, for her bravery and life-saving efforts to rescue 11 people from a burning apartment building.
In the early morning hours of Dec. 8, 2014, Officer LaPorte and a police sergeant were dispatched with the local fire department to a six-unit apartment building engulfed in flames. After observing the thick, black smoke coming from the patio doors of an apartment on the second floor, LaPorte quickly made entry into the building before the fire department even made it to the scene.
“I kicked in three doors and entered the apartments and started yelling ‘Fire! Fire!’ to wake the residents and get them to safety as soon as possible,” said LaPorte.
LaPorte was presented the South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police Life Saving Awards on Oct. 22. The association recognizes police officers and private citizens for meritorious acts that are consistent with the law enforcement mission of their respective communities.
“I appreciate the recognition and the award and I know any other officer would have responded in the same manner,” said LaPorte.
“We commend Officer LaPorte for risking her life to save the residents of the building,” said Becky Strzechowski, Local 700 President. “Her determination to protect and serve her community is an outstanding representation of what it means to be a police officer.”