Police officer working as security professional awarded for saving girl’s life in Cleveland fire

Steve Pozniak, recipient of the 2020 Ohio Fire Service Citizen's Award.


From The Norwalk Reflector:

State Fire Marshal Kevin S. Reardon presented Wakeman Police Officer Steve Pozniak with the Ohio Fire Service Citizen’s Award Thursday for rescuing a young girl from an apartment fire back in January.

Pozniak was off duty, working as a security guard at a Cleveland apartment complex on Jan. 26 when he heard screaming coming from a nearby townhouse. He quickly arrived on scene and discovered an 8-year-old girl leaning out of a third-story window.

Without a second thought, Pozniak leapt atop his security vehicle and beckoned the child to jump. In an incredible act of trust, the girl overcame her fear and jumped, allowing Pozniak to break her fall and escape the blaze uninjured.

“When you saw the situation, without hesitation or regard for your own life, you responded and saved that girl’s life. You are a credit to yourself, your community and all Ohioans,” said Marshal Reardon. “We’re very proud of you and I know the city of Cleveland is very proud of you.”

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