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Quick-thinking Tyrone police officer puts out fire

tyrone-badgeTyrone Police Officer Doug Morris was the hero du jour Wednesday after single-handedly putting out a fire at a local business before any other emergency help arrived.

According to Police Chief Brandon Perkins, emergency personnel were notified around 5 p.m. Wednesday that an electrical fire had broken out in the back room of Majestic Nails, which is located in the Publix shopping center along Hwy. 74. He said Morris was the first to respond and that he didn’t wait for firefighters to arrive before springing into action.

“Morris immediately grabbed his fire extinguisher from the trunk of his vehicle, entered the building and extinguished the fire,” Perkins said. According to the report, Morris had to exit the building for fresh air a few times before fully extinguishing the fire and turning the scene over to fire officials upon their arrival.

“Morris’ quick actions kept the fire from spreading and causing more property damage,” Perkins added.

Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial said he was pleased to learn of Morris’ actions, but he also said he wasn’t entirely surprised.

“While this is a great act that jumps out and has gotten great exposure and attention, we’re proud of all our officer on a daily basis,” Dial said. “What he did comes out of a mindset for these men and women to protect us. It’s instinct.”

Dial said he enjoys speaking to children and parents in the community about the importance of viewing law enforcement officers and the legal system in the correct light. He said it is even more important these days with all of the national news coverage that has cast a negative light on the profession due to the indiscretions of a small number of officers.

“Our police officers are our heros,” Dial said. “That’s how our kids should be viewing them. When they see blue lights, they see protection. It should be a comforting sight of protection.

“Parents should be training their children to be grateful for that,” Dial continued. “Don’t let a couple of bad apples ruin the whole bushel.”

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.