Mili Note: A rare example of a cop doing what a cop is supposed to do.
Peterson was the first responder at a house fire at 2229 E. 19th St. When she arrived, the top west corner of the home was engulfed and flames were coming from an upstairs apartment window.
“There were a woman and two small children in the yard,” she said. “I got out of the car and asked if they were all right. I asked if there was anyone else in the house, and she said yes, in the basement.”
So Peterson immediately went to the back of the house and entered the basement apartment.
“I knocked on the door and pretty much just let myself in,” she said. “There were three people in the basement; one was still in bed. I told them that the house was on fire upstairs and told them they needed to get out.”
The basement residents stayed warm in a neighbor’s house, but Aubrie Pickens as well as her children, 7-year-old Jayden and 4-year-old Collin, didn’t have anywhere to go.
So Peterson wrapped them in her coat, grabbed a couple of stuffed toys and stickers from her trunk and kept them warm in her patrol car.