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Detroit police and firefighters to be honored


HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY, EVERYBODY.
BACK OVER TO YOU. BACK OVER TO YOU.
>>>FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS>>>FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS
GATHER ONA JEFFERSON TO HONOR GATHER ONA JEFFERSON TO HONOR
FORGOTTEN HERO. FORGOTTEN HERO.
WHERE DETROIT POLICE OFFICER WHERE DETROIT POLICE OFFICER
SCOTT LARKINS WAS SHOT. SCOTT LARKINS WAS SHOT.
THAT WAS BACK IN 1978. THAT WAS BACK IN 1978.
>>NOW HE LIVED WITH INTENSE>>NOW HE LIVED WITH INTENSE
MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS FOR 40 MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS FOR 40
YEARS, BUT LARKINS DIED IN 2008 YEARS, BUT LARKINS DIED IN 2008
WITH BULLET FRAGMENTS STILL WITH BULLET FRAGMENTS STILL
INSIDE OF HIM. INSIDE OF HIM.
THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF WAYNE THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF WAYNE
STATE OFFICER CHRIS POWELL, STATE OFFICER CHRIS POWELL,
DETROIT POLICE OFFICIALLY DETROIT POLICE OFFICIALLY
DECLARED LARKINS DEATH AS DUTY DECLARED LARKINS DEATH AS DUTY
RELATED DEATH A FEW MONTHS BACK. RELATED DEATH A FEW MONTHS BACK.
>>AFTER RECEIVING BLESSING TO>>AFTER RECEIVING BLESSING TO
INVESTIGATE, HE LEARNED THAT MY INVESTIGATE, HE LEARNED THAT MY
DAD SHOULD HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED DAD SHOULD HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED
FOR HIS ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AND FOR HIS ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AND
MOVED FORWARD WITH THE IS PAPER MOVED FORWARD WITH THE IS PAPER
W TO DO SO. W TO DO SO.
>>NOW, LARKINS WILL HAVE THE>>NOW, LARKINS WILL HAVE THE
NAME ADDED TO THE NATIONAL NAME ADDED TO THE NATIONAL
FALLEN OFFICERS MEMORIAL IN FALLEN OFFICERS MEMORIAL IN
WASHINGTON D.C. IN MAY. WASHINGTON D.C. IN MAY.
POWELL RAISING MONEY TO SEND POWELL RAISING MONEY TO SEND
LARKINS FAMILY TO THE CEREMONY LARKINS FAMILY TO THE CEREMONY
AND CERTAINLY HOPE THEY CAN GIVE AND CERTAINLY HOPE THEY CAN GIVE
THE FUNDS TO SEND THEM OUT THE FUNDS TO SEND THEM OUT
THERE. THERE.
>>LARKINS WILL ALSO BE>>LARKINS WILL ALSO BE
POSTHUMOUSLY HONORED AT ANNUAL POSTHUMOUSLY HONORED AT ANNUAL
ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARDS IN ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARDS IN
DETROIT AND HONORED ALONG WITH DETROIT AND HONORED ALONG WITH
THOSE THAT HELPED ON SEPTEMBER THOSE THAT HELPED ON SEPTEMBER
FIRE ON THE EAST SIDE THAT FIRE ON THE EAST SIDE THAT
DESTROYED THE REVEREND JOHNSON DESTROYED THE REVEREND JOHNSON
APARTMENTS FOR THE ELDERLY. APARTMENTS FOR THE ELDERLY.
>>IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE QUICK>>IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE QUICK
THINKING OF THE PERCENT THINKING OF THE PERCENT
RESPONDERS LIVES WOULD HAVE BEEN RESPONDERS LIVES WOULD HAVE BEEN
LOST. LOST.
>>PICKED ME UP AND CARRIED ME>>PICKED ME UP AND CARRIED ME
ON UP. ON UP.
>>LOST EVERYTHING BUT THEY WERE>>LOST EVERYTHING BUT THEY WERE
THANKFUL THAT THEY GOT OUT IN THANKFUL THAT THEY GOT OUT IN
TIME. TIME.
>>WITH US THIS MORNING THERE>>WITH US THIS MORNING THERE
ARE THE BRAVE SOULS WHO HELPED ARE THE BRAVE SOULS WHO HELPED
SAFELY EVACUATE MORE THAN 100 SAFELY EVACUATE MORE THAN 100
PEOPLE. PEOPLE.
OFFICERS STEVEN NUDIE. OFFICERS STEVEN NUDIE.
>>IN THE BACK.>>IN THE BACK.
>>AND LYDIA, YOU ACTUALLY>>AND LYDIA, YOU ACTUALLY
HELPED RESCUE THE WOMAN. HELPED RESCUE THE WOMAN.
>>YES.>>YES.
>>THAT’S FANTASTIC.>>THAT’S FANTASTIC.
>>WE KNOW WHEN YOU GET’ CALL>>WE KNOW WHEN YOU GET’ CALL
LIKE THIS YOUR HEART JUMPS A LIKE THIS YOUR HEART JUMPS A
LITTLE BIT BECAUSE YOU KNOW LITTLE BIT BECAUSE YOU KNOW
WHAT’S THERE AND THERE’S HEYMANN WHAT’S THERE AND THERE’S HEYMANN
READY TO GO. READY TO GO.
SO TELL ME, LYDIA, ABOUT WHEN SO TELL ME, LYDIA, ABOUT WHEN
YOU — YOU’RE GETTING THE CALL, YOU — YOU’RE GETTING THE CALL,
YOU GET THERE, YOU SEE WHAT YOU YOU GET THERE, YOU SEE WHAT YOU
HAVE. HAVE.
THIS WAS QUITE THE FIRE. THIS WAS QUITE THE FIRE.
>>INITIALLY JUST CAME OUT AS>>INITIALLY JUST CAME OUT AS
ONE OF THE SUPERVISORS WHO JUST ONE OF THE SUPERVISORS WHO JUST
OBSERVED A FIRE IN THE AREA. OBSERVED A FIRE IN THE AREA.
HE ARRIVED AT THAT SCENE AND THE HE ARRIVED AT THAT SCENE AND THE
FIRST THING THAT HE SAID THERE FIRST THING THAT HE SAID THERE
ARE PEOPLE STILL INSIDE. ARE PEOPLE STILL INSIDE.
I NEED OFFICERS AND FIRE HERE TO I NEED OFFICERS AND FIRE HERE TO
HELP GET EVERYBODY OUT. HELP GET EVERYBODY OUT.
>>VERY CHAOTIC IN THE INITIAL>>VERY CHAOTIC IN THE INITIAL
MOMENTS. MOMENTS.
WE HAD REPORTS OF 30 PEOPLE. WE HAD REPORTS OF 30 PEOPLE.
>>AT SOME POINT THEY WERE>>AT SOME POINT THEY WERE
UNACCOUNTED FOR. UNACCOUNTED FOR.
WE SEE A LOT AT WORK. WE SEE A LOT AT WORK.
WE HEAR A LOT OF STUFF THAT WE HEAR A LOT OF STUFF THAT
STICKS WITH US, SOME THAT STICKS WITH US, SOME THAT
DOESN’T. DOESN’T.
BUT THAT DAY WAS HEARING WHAT BUT THAT DAY WAS HEARING WHAT
WAS GOING ON IN THE RADIO AND WAS GOING ON IN THE RADIO AND
ALL THE CHAOS AND FEAR, IT WAS ALL THE CHAOS AND FEAR, IT WAS
PROBABLY ONE OF THE SCARIEST PROBABLY ONE OF THE SCARIEST
THINGS THAT I HAVE HEARD. THINGS THAT I HAVE HEARD.
>>STEVE, YOU WERE THERE.>>STEVE, YOU WERE THERE.
TELL US ABOUT WHERE WERE YOU, TELL US ABOUT WHERE WERE YOU,
WHAT DID YOU GET THERE, WHAT DID WHAT DID YOU GET THERE, WHAT DID
YOU DO WHEN YOU FIRST GOT ON THE YOU DO WHEN YOU FIRST GOT ON THE
SCENE. SCENE.
>>WE HEARD A SUPERVISOR GOT ON>>WE HEARD A SUPERVISOR GOT ON
THE AIR AND TELL US HE OBSERVED THE AIR AND TELL US HE OBSERVED
A FIRE AND ACTUALLY ENTERED THE A FIRE AND ACTUALLY ENTERED THE
LOCATION AND STARTED TO SOUND A LOCATION AND STARTED TO SOUND A
LITTLE IN DISTRESS. LITTLE IN DISTRESS.
SO MY PARTNER AND I MADE IT WAY SO MY PARTNER AND I MADE IT WAY
OVER THERE TO ASSIST WITH OVER THERE TO ASSIST WITH
ENTERING THE BUILDING AND CLEAR ENTERING THE BUILDING AND CLEAR
IT OUT. IT OUT.
>>THIS WAS A FAST-MOVING FIRE.>>THIS WAS A FAST-MOVING FIRE.
I MEAN YOU WERE REALLY RACING I MEAN YOU WERE REALLY RACING
AGAINST THE CLOCK HERE, RIGHT? AGAINST THE CLOCK HERE, RIGHT?
>>YES.>>YES.
IT WAS — THE BIGGEST BATTLE IT WAS — THE BIGGEST BATTLE
THAT DAY WAS THE WIND. THAT DAY WAS THE WIND.
FIRE INITIALLY STARTED ON THE FIRE INITIALLY STARTED ON THE
THIRD FLOOR IN ONE OF THE THIRD FLOOR IN ONE OF THE
CORNERS OF THE BUILDING AND CORNERS OF THE BUILDING AND
SPREAD SO QUICKLY. SPREAD SO QUICKLY.
IT WAS ALMOST LIKE WE WEREN’T IT WAS ALMOST LIKE WE WEREN’T
ABLE TO GET EVERYBODY OUT AT ABLE TO GET EVERYBODY OUT AT
THAT POINT. THAT POINT.
WE DID WHAT WE COULD. WE DID WHAT WE COULD.
AND FORTUNATELY IT WORKED OUT. AND FORTUNATELY IT WORKED OUT.
WITH WE HAD NO LIVES LOST AND IT WITH WE HAD NO LIVES LOST AND IT
WAS A MIRACLE. WAS A MIRACLE.
>>EVACUATION PLAN, I MEAN YOU>>EVACUATION PLAN, I MEAN YOU
WOULD HOPE THAT PEOPLE WOULD WOULD HOPE THAT PEOPLE WOULD
KNOW WHAT TO DO, BUT YOU’RE KNOW WHAT TO DO, BUT YOU’RE
TALKING ELDERLY PEOPLE HERE. TALKING ELDERLY PEOPLE HERE.
>>YES.>>YES.
>>SOME WITH MOBILITY ISSUES.>>SOME WITH MOBILITY ISSUES.
>>SO HOW DID THAT GO, STEVE?>>SO HOW DID THAT GO, STEVE?
>>WHEN WE ARRIVED ON SCENE IT>>WHEN WE ARRIVED ON SCENE IT
WAS A LOT OF CHAOS. WAS A LOT OF CHAOS.
THE ENTIRE THIRD FLOOR STARTED THE ENTIRE THIRD FLOOR STARTED
TAKING ENGULF OF NAMES. TAKING ENGULF OF NAMES.
I REMEMBER THERE WAS A GENTLEMEN I REMEMBER THERE WAS A GENTLEMEN
AT THE DOOR SAYING HIS WIFE WAS AT THE DOOR SAYING HIS WIFE WAS
STILL THERE. STILL THERE.
SO MY PARTNER STARTED TO CALM SO MY PARTNER STARTED TO CALM
HIM DOWN AND ENTERED THE HIM DOWN AND ENTERED THE
LOCATION AND STARTED ENTERING LOCATION AND STARTED ENTERING
THE SECOND FLOOR AND KICKED IN THE SECOND FLOOR AND KICKED IN
DOORS AND REMOVING ANYBODY — WE DOORS AND REMOVING ANYBODY — WE
MOVED ONE PERSON AT THE STAIRWAY MOVED ONE PERSON AT THE STAIRWAY
BY THAT DOOR. BY THAT DOOR.
THEN WE JUST CONTINUED WITH THEN WE JUST CONTINUED WITH
FIRE. FIRE.
>>WHAT IS IT LIKE FOR YOU TO>>WHAT IS IT LIKE FOR YOU TO
SEE YOUR HEROS BEING HONORED? SEE YOUR HEROS BEING HONORED?
>>CHEF?>>CHEF?
>>WHAT IS IT LIKE FOR YOU?>>WHAT IS IT LIKE FOR YOU?
>>IT IS REPRESENTING THE CITY>>IT IS REPRESENTING THE CITY
OF DETROIT FIRE DEPARTMENT AND OF DETROIT FIRE DEPARTMENT AND
POLICE DEPARTMENT. POLICE DEPARTMENT.
WE WORK TOGETHER VERY WELL. WE WORK TOGETHER VERY WELL.
CHAOTIC SITUATIONS. CHAOTIC SITUATIONS.
I WASN’T AT THIS FIRE BUT WE DO I WASN’T AT THIS FIRE BUT WE DO
THIS EVERYDAY. THIS EVERYDAY.
MORNING AND NIGHT. MORNING AND NIGHT.
>>THAT EVENT IS ON WEDNESAY.>>THAT EVENT IS ON WEDNESAY.
>>WEDNESDAY IS ABOVE AND BEYOND>>WEDNESDAY IS ABOVE AND BEYOND
EVENT. EVENT.
IT IS ANNUAL EVENT. IT IS ANNUAL EVENT.
5:30 AT MGM. 5:30 AT MGM.
SO PROUD TO HONOR THE BRAVE SO PROUD TO HONOR THE BRAVE
HEROES OF DETROIT. HEROES OF DETROIT.
FIRST RESPONDERS THEY RUN IN FIRST RESPONDERS THEY RUN IN
WHERE WE RUN OUT. WHERE WE RUN OUT.
>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT.
>>THESE OFFICERS HAD NO GEAR>>THESE OFFICERS HAD NO GEAR
ON. ON.
THE FIRE IS PROTECTED SOMEWHAT THE FIRE IS PROTECTED SOMEWHAT
WHEN THEY GO IN WITH HELMETS AND WHEN THEY GO IN WITH HELMETS AND
MASKS AND EVERYTHING. MASKS AND EVERYTHING.
THESE OFFICERS JUST FORGOT ABOUT THESE OFFICERS JUST FORGOT ABOUT
EVERYTHING AND WENT TO SAVE THE EVERYTHING AND WENT TO SAVE THE
CITIZENS OF DETROIT WITH NO CITIZENS OF DETROIT WITH NO
MASKS. MASKS.
>>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING>>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING
THERE AND DOING WHAT YOU DID. THERE AND DOING WHAT YOU DID.
>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.
>>APPRECIATE THAT.>>APPRECIATE THAT.
>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.
>>YOU CAN HEAD TO>>YOU CAN HEAD TO
CLICKONDETROIT.COM FAR MORE CLICKONDETROIT.COM FAR MORE
INFORMATION ON HOW TO ATTEND INFORMATION ON HOW TO ATTEND
THIS EVENT IF YOU ARE THIS EVENT IF YOU ARE
INTERESTED. INTERESTED.
THANKS AGAIN FOR BEING WITH US

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