VIDEO: Cincy Police Told Not to Enter Burning Buildings to Rescue People
Cincinnati police officers were issued a new training bulletin Friday, ordering them not to enter a building that is on fire – no matter how small – to rescue people inside.
The bulletin, obtained by WCPO TV, was introduced after the death of a New York Police Department officer.
Dennis Guerra, 38, who served more than seven years with the NYPD, died from inhaling carbon monoxide in April while saving others from a fire in a Brooklyn apartment building.
Cincinnati officers who are first to respond to a fire are now ordered to stay out of burning buildings and ignore their instinct to rescue others.