Officer Larkin Receives Life Saving Award for Fire Rescue

Officer Larkin was presented the Department Life Saving Award at the Village of Huntley, Illinois Board of Trustees meeting on January 28 for his actions that saved the life of a Huntley resident.

On the morning of October 9, 2020, Officer Larkin responded to an assist to the Huntley Fire Protection District for a fire at an occupied residential house. Officer Larkin arrived on scene to find several people outside the residence from which thick black smoke was emitting from the roof. Officer Larkin asked if anyone still remained inside the house. It was determined that a female resident along with the family dog were trapped inside the residence. Officer Larkin made his way to the back of the residence to find the woman trapped by fire in the basement of the residence. At this time the siding on the back of the home was engulfed in flames and the sliding glass door had just shattered and flames were coming out of the back of the residence. Officer Larkin was able to make contact with a woman through a small basement window. She was attempting to control her dog who was trying to go up the stairs, which were on fire and filled with smoke.

Officer Larkin instructed the woman to lift the dog up to him. Officer Larkin pulled the dog out of the burning building and handed the dog to a neighbor. The woman was instructed to stand on a table and was pulled out through the window to safety by Officer Larkin. The woman and the dog were treated by Paramedics on the scene.

Officer Larkin’s judgement, bravery, training and quick actions were exemplary and were directly responsible for the saving of a human life with great risk to himself. The Huntley Police Department mission statement reads, in part, “The Huntley Police Department is committed to providing professional service through a well-trained staff…” Officer Larkin relied on his training and professional approach to his duties to save a life.

Please join us in congratulating Officer Larkin for this well deserved award.