What seemed to be a routine night on patrol for a Berwick Police officer became anything but routine after discovering a house on fire and rescuing a dog from the burning home.
On the night of Tuesday, January 2, Berwick Police officer Payton Dinger was patrolling the streets of Berwick. When he drove up to the intersection of Pharr and Gus Streets, he realized smoke was emitting from a nearby house. Dinger immediately called for the Berwick Volunteer Fire Department to be dispatched. While waiting for the fire department to arrive, Dinger could hear a dog barking from inside the burning home. He then forcefully entered the home by kicking in the door. When fellow officer, Sergeant Jose Salvador arrived on scene, both officers entered the home searching for any residents who may be inside. Thankfully, no one was home at the time and the officers cleared the house.
Berwick Fire Chief Jody Acosta said because of Dinger’s quick response, the fire was contained to the attic and the rest of the home was spared from major damage.
During Tuesday night’s Mayor and Council Meeting, Dinger was recognized and honored by Police Chief David Leonard Sr. and Assistant Chief J.P. Henry for his heroic efforts.