A Norwich cop is being hailed a hero after saving a man from a burning building on Friday morning.
Officer Sean Sullivan was patrolling N. Main Street around 3 a.m. when he smelled smoke and tracked it to 56 N. Main Street.
Flames were tearing through the second floor of the two-story building, where Antoine Damas was trapped.
Officer Sullivan called for back-up and made his way into the structure.
“I needed to get him out of the house. I didn’t know how bad the fire was. My main concern was to get him out,” Officer Sullivan said. “I went up the front stairway. I started yelling for him. … He happened to see me and my flashlight first. He came walking through the smoke. I grabbed him by the hand and I just led him down the stairs.”
Both men escaped before the flames destroyed the house.
“There was a lot of smoke [in]…the living room and the kitchen,” said Damas.
Even though Damas lost his home, he said he’s grateful to have the one thing money can’t buy.
“I can’t buy another life,” said Damas.
Meantime, Damas is calling Officer Sullivan a hero, but the officer said he was just doing his job.
“I don’t say I’m a hero, but I’m just glad I was there when I was,” Damas said.