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Oakwood officer honored for heroic fire rescue
Oakwood Mayor Lamar Scroggs, left, presents a proclamation to Oakwood Police Cpl. Jason Crowder honoring him for rescuing a man from a burning house. Looking on is Crowder’s 7-year-old daughter, Elyssa.

An Oakwood police officer was honored Monday night for his heroics in rescuing a wheelchair-bound man from a burning house June 19.

Oakwood City Council passed a proclamation honoring Cpl. Jason Crowder for his “selfless act of heroism,” saying he acted “without regard to his personal safety and without donning any protective equipment.”

Crowder, dressed in his police uniform, posed for pictures with Mayor Lamar Scroggs as he was presented a plaque.

He thanked the mayor and other officials for the recognition.

Afterward, Crowder remained humble as he talked about the attention he was getting.

“I wasn’t expecting anything like it,” he said. “Like I told The Times earlier, it’s just a job I do. … It is very nice to get recognized.”

In an interview on the day of the fire, Crowder recounted events of the day to the newspaper.

He said he saw one of the fire victims, Brenda Masters, as soon as he and other police officers arrived at the house on the 4200 block of Shawnee Drive.

“There was heavy smoke coming from the house and a frantic mother crying, screaming,” he said.

Crowder found Masters’ son, Larry McDonald, in the house, where he said he “grabbed him and pulled him out of the house.”

“I just reacted,” he said. “I’m just glad everyone’s fine; that’s what I cared about. I didn’t think about it. I just thought that if I don’t get him out, who knows what’s going to happen.”

Masters said at the time that the fire started when McDonald, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, accidentally dropped a cigarette on his wheelchair, which was close to his oxygen line.

Firefighters quickly contained the blaze to a bedroom in the 1,800-square-foot home. The rest of the home had “significant smoke damage,” a fire official said.

Masters, who nursed a burned hand she suffered trying to put out the fire, said after the incident she was grateful that she, her son and two dogs were alive.

“It’s hurting me some, but I feel lucky,” she said. “I got my son out and I got my babies (the dogs) out.”

McDonald said he was grateful to Crowder and his mother.

“I appreciate that officer’s help,” he said at the time. “My mama saved my life, but he got me out of the living room.”

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