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Police officer leads the way in rescuing residents of Boonville block fire

BOONVILLE, N.Y. -- A week ago Tuesday, a fire destroyed five buildings on Main Street in Boonville.

Posted: Jan 14, 2020 11:21 PM

BOONVILLE, N.Y. -- A week ago Tuesday, a fire destroyed five buildings on Main Street in Boonville.

While people lost businesses, homes and belongings, no one lost their life thanks in no small part to a new Boonville Police Officer and a few others who helped people get out safely.

Brittany Pohoreskey has only been on the force in Boonville since October. That night she was just about to clock out when the call came in. "I saw a bunch of flames coming out from the back and people were standing outside, on the road. People said there were people inside so I ran around the back and started getting people out."

Officer Pohoreskey and Boonville Firefighter Eric Stempien ran into burning buildings and alerted residents to evacuate immediately. New York State Police Troopers, Meagan Hartman and David Lyubezhanin arrived on scene and also began entering buildings to bring the occupants to safety.

Once everyone was out, Officer Pohoreskey says went up and down Main Street, checking on those forced out of their homes, making sure everyone was accounted for. Some would consider her a hero, along with the other first responders that arrived to help get people out.

"I was doing my job and getting people out. I just wanted everybody safe that night." says Pohoreskey. "I believe they are going to recover, just from seeing people around they are very strong, they want to make a difference and make it better just like it was."

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