BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -
Two law enforcement officers are being praised by their community for their acts of heroism during a house fire in Berkeley Springs on Tuesday.
Two of the first officers to arrive on the scene, Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Kevin Barney and Bath Police Department Patrol Officer Tony Link, say that it was just another day on the job when they rushed into a burning building to rescue the family inside.
The mother and six children inside were startled to see the officers in their home, because they were completely unaware of the fire engulfing the left side of the house.
After they rescued the family from their house, the two officers joined the newly arrived firefighters and began to fight the blaze.
"I’ve been working with Patrolman Link for several years. We've done lots together, and we've done a lot of good work together,” said Barney. “It was old-school. We just ran up and did our jobs."
Sheriff Bohrer said that without these two officers, the fire could have easily been fatal.
A police officer and a Sheriff's Deputy along with fire crews saved seven children and an adult from a fire in Berkeley Springs.
According to the Morgan County Sheriff, he was in a meeting at the Morgan County School Board, when a corporal with the Sheriff's Office noticed a fully-involved fire.
The blaze was on 69 Gospel Lane and happened around 2 p.m.
The corporal and a patrolman with the Berkeley Springs Police Department directed the occupants of the house downstairs to an exit. They then used a hose and fought the fire without air packs or firefighting protective gear until firefighters arrived from Berkeley Springs and other companies.
WHAG's Kyle Boulier will have more with the heroes who were first on the scene tonight in our evening newscasts.