On Thursday night, at approximately 23:45 hours, a Massachusetts State Trooper on his commute home through Dorchester, began to smell smoke. He followed his nose and eventually found smoke and fire showing from a home on Codman Hill Ave.
According to a post by the State Police Association, the Union that represents the Trooper, “…Our members, Trooper Skerritt from the H-9 Tunnels Barracks, was commuting home through Dorchester… Following the smoke, Trooper Skerritt located a house with heavy smoke and fire on Codman Hill Ave.” The Union went on to say, “He immediately jumped into action while radioing for assistance. Trooper Skerritt, with assistance from a neighbor, helped two of the occupants of the house escape the blaze with only minor injuries.”
When Firefighters arrived, they quickly went to work on the the blaze, knocking it down in a little under 5 minutes and limiting the spread of flames. One of the residents that was evacuated by the Trooper and the neighbor was transported by Boston EMS to a local area Hosptial with serious but non life threatening injuries consistent with smoke inhalation.
At this time the cause of the fire is still under investigation. The one thing we know for certain is the final thought conveyed by the Troopers Union, “The actions of Trooper Skerritt undoubtedly are heroic and a prime example of what it means to be a Massachusetts State Trooper.”