Children were safe, but officer is hurt attempting rescue

June 18, 1993|By Staff Report

A rookie Baltimore police officer in the Southwestern District was injured yesterday when he entered a burning building to rescue four children reportedly trapped in an apartment, only to discover that they had already been evacuated, according to fire officials.

Officer Donald V. Bradshaw, 28, was treated for smoke inhalation at Mercy Medical Center and released, said Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a Fire Department spokesman.

Chief Torres said the blaze in a second-floor apartment in the 700 block of Denison St. was reported about 11:30 a.m. He said Officer Bradshaw, who joined the department last September, arrived before firefighters and rushed into the building after neighbors told him the children were trapped inside.

However, the mother of the children, Corinthia Sinnell, 23, later told firefighters the youngsters had already been evacuated.

"He [the officer] tried. The effort was there," Chief Torres said in praise.

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