Garden City Police Officer Thomas Carroll recently received the Town of Hempstead Police Service Award during a ceremony at Town Hall. Commissioner Kenneth Jackson and Lt. Thomas Federlein were in attendance.
While on patrol at about 6 a.m. on a Friday morning last year, officer Carroll observed dark smoke emanating from behind a Garden City residence. Officer Carroll investigated the origins of the smoke condition and observed a large AC condenser unit engulfed in flames, with flames running up the back of the house. He immediately radioed for the Garden City Fire Department to respond and proceeded to wake up the family residing inside, evacuating them from the home. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it got out of control.
“Officer Carroll’s observations and heroic actions surely avoided a terrible outcome,” Commissioner Jackson said.
—Submitted by the Village of Garden City