Western Michigan Conservation Officer Saves Elderly Woman From Burning Mobile Home While On Jog

“A conservation officer is never truly off-duty”

WWJ News
August 28, 2020 - 7:31 pm
Robert Slick

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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(WWJ) An off-duty Michigan Department of Natural Resources officer being hailed a hero for saving a woman from her burning mobile home in the western part of the state.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said Robert Slick was out for a late afternoon jog when he spotted a cloud of thick black smoke in the distance. It happened on Wednesday around 5:30 pm in Spring Lake, about 30 miles west of Grand Rapids.

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Slick noticed the front of one of the mobile homes “engulfed in flames,” and a group of people gathered outside The Country Estates Mobile Home Park watching from a distance, according to a DNR press release.

After a bystander told the officer he called 911; Slick checked the windows for people or pets. That is when someone told him an elderly woman with a disability was trapped inside the building.

At the back of the mobile home, he found a neighbor struggling to open a “jammed door.”

Together, the two men opened the door and entered the smoke-filled mobile home where they found the woman, who was alert and talking,” the release read. “Her walker was unable to fit through the door frame, trapping her inside the laundry room. The two men picked the woman up and carried her outside.”

Slick carried her to a ‘nearby porch’ and waited by her side until paramedics arrived, according the DNR.

He has been with the DNR Law Enforcement Division, patrolling in Ottawa County, since 2015.

“The department is proud of officer Slick and the gentleman who assisted him,” Gary Hagler, chief of the DNR Law Enforcement Division, said in the release. “They risked their own lives to save another. A conservation officer is never truly off-duty.”