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* Sausalito Police Officer Sean Smagalski Credited with Saving Man from Burning House

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The Sausalito Police Department is crediting one of its officers with saving a resident from a smoke-filled home Thursday night. Police were dispatched to 509 Easterby St. at about 10 p.m. after a man told a dispatcher his home was filling with smoke and he was too sick to leave. Officer Sean Smagalski arrived at the home within a minute, tried to enter the residence and witnessed heavy smoke with visibility of less than 10 feet, police said. The officer called out to the resident, but could not see him. Smagalski crawled on his hands and feet to reach the resident, but needed to leave the home momentarily to catch his breath, police said. He then re-entered the home and dragged the man to safety. The resident was taken to Marin General Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, according to police. Smagalski had managed to arrive at the home about four minutes before firefighters, who were on another call. The source of the smoke was determined to be a carpet fire, police said. Police say the officer’s actions prevented serious injury or death to the victim. The Police Department will review Smagalski’s actions and consider him for further public recognition and commendations. He has been with the Sausalito Police Department for 10 months and has a total of seven years of law enforcement experience.

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