91-year-old left for dead after being pulled from flames
CCTV captures NYPD officers leaving woman in the smoke-filled hall
Surveillance video obtained by Fox News showed three New York City police officers with a 91-year-old woman along a smoke-filled hallway — moments before she let her on the ground.
Ethel Davis — a mother of six and great-great-grandmother of 16 — died of smoke inhalation a day after the Jan. 12 fire in the apartment complex where she lived in Rockaway Beach, Queens. Now, her family is preparing to file a lawsuit against the NYPD, the city and the police that Davis on that fateful day.
The video showed a scene of controlled chaos as the officers took the occupants of the building. At a given moment, a maintenance worker wielding a fire extinguisher head in the direction of the fire, but the officers apparently told him to run.
Davis’ family claimed that the police error was twofold. First, they said that there was no reason for the police to violence Ethel of the apartment, which is equipped with a fire-resistant doors.
“I told them that they would [be] safer in the house with the door closed, and that she would not survive in the corridor,” Ethel Davis’ daughter Marcia, told the New York Post.
The second mistake, according to Davis family lawyer Peter S. Thomas, was the exit of a stairwell door open so the smoke from the fire on the 11th floor to collapse on the floor above, where Davis lived.
“At each step, the officers on the scene did exactly the wrong things,” Thomas told the Post.
A lawyer for one of the officers that Davis, Sgt. Timothy Brovakos, has said that his client was overcome by the smoke and tried to retrieve the woman from the hallway when he came.
“He risked his life to save this woman,” Sergeants Benevolent Association lawyer Andrew Quinn told the Post last month. “This is what makes it difficult to be a cop these days. You walk into a burning building to save lives and get the debt.”
The NYPD is conducting its own investigation into the incident.
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