The Cedar Springs City Council honored Cedar Springs Police Officer Jason Schaefer at its last meeting, on Thursday evening, September 10, when Police Chief Roger Parent presented a letter of appreciation to the officer.
Schaefer was honored for a job well done, relating to the handling of a mobile home fire call.
According to Chief Parent, the fire occurred on September 7, at 10:30 p.m., at 368 S. Allan St. Parent said that he was pleased to see the quick response and how Schaefer took command of the situation, kept making decisions to keep the general public back while investigating the status of the fire, and checked to see what else could be accomplished before the fire department arrived.
Schaefer reportedly checked inside the home, which was filling with smoke, and ordered people outside. He also ordered family members sitting in a vehicle to move across the street. While inside the home, he realized the smoke was heavy and coming from the rear of the home, so Schaefer went back outside and checked from the rear door. He saw the clothes dryer on fire, with flames shooting from it. He then asked Officer Paul Feutz to assist by bringing a fire extinguisher, and he then put out the fire.
“Fire Chief Jerry Gross informed me that you did one heck of a job in helping keep this fire call to just a minor incident,” wrote Parent. “Your control of the scene and actions are to be commended.”
The letter of appreciation written by Chief Parent will go in Officer Schaefer’s file.