Officer honored after rescuing disabled man from North Babylon house fire

A disabled man and his wife are safe after a fire broke out around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at their home in North Babylon.

News 12 Staff

Oct 24, 2019, 10:09 AM

Updated 1,672 days ago

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A Suffolk police officer was honored as a hero Thursday after rescuing a man in a wheelchair from his burning home.
Officials say the fire broke out around 3 p.m. Wednesday inside of a North Babylon home.
When the home on Woods Road went up in flames, 73-year-old Michael Goldstein, who is disabled, was trapped on the second floor. His wife, Lily, was able to escape.
Suffolk County crossing guard Sharon Doogan tried to go inside the home to help and discovered that Goldstein was stuck at the top of the stairs. Doogan flagged down Suffolk County Police Officer Francis McKay nearby to help.
Officer McKay carried Goldstein down the stairs, got him into a wheelchair and out of the house.
Everyone escaped the fire safely, and no one was injured. However, Doogan was treated for smoke inhalation.
Police say two good Samaritans were also inside the house trying to help.
Officer McKay was honored by Suffolk County officials and was presented with the Town of Babylon's highest honor, the heroism award, on Thursday. 
Investigators are working to figure out what started the fire.


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