Chippewa Falls PD touting heroic cop who rescued dog from fire


A police body camera video out of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, is going viral – but it's not for the reasons police videos usually go viral.

This one, released Monday by the local police department on Facebook, shows an act of heroism which resulted in the rescue of a family dog from a burning home last weekend.

According to Chippewa Falls Police, Officer Craig Mantzke had responded to reports of a house fire in Tilden, a township near Chippewa Falls, on Friday night around 8 p.m., and "bravely entered the residence," which was already "fully engulfed in flames."

Mantzke took on the smoke and flames to search for possible victims, and instead found a dog, which was able to escape when the officer "breached the door."

The family, luckily, was away at the time of the fire. No one was hurt.

You can view the body cam video of the officer's actions below. It doesn't show the rescue of the dog, but is nonetheless an intense view of what it's like for first responders to risk their lives in house fires and other dangerous situations:

As of this writing, the video has been viewed nearly 30,000 times on Facebook.

Officials have not said what caused the fire, according to WEAU, which attempted to contact the local fire chief.

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