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3 police officers rushed into danger to rescue elderly residents

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Three Saginaw Township police officers were back at work on Friday after a chaotic shift on Monday landed them in the hospital.

"I'm still a little gunked up and still can feel a little tightness in there. It's been a couple of days," Det. Kevin Gloude said.

Gloude, Officer Grant Goetschy and Sgt. Russ Uphold said danger comes with the job, but they never thought they would be admitted for smoke inhalation.

"We all kind of knew what needed to be done and did it," Uphold said.

Around 8:30 a.m. on Monday the Saginaw County dispatch put out a call for a smoke alarm going off at the Brookdale Senior Living Center.

"You typically think it's going to be a false alarm at that type of facility," Uphold said.

When they arrived smoke had already filled the building as the staff feverishly tried to evacuate the elderly residents. Three patients at the memory care facility were still inside.

The fire department hasn't arrived yet so the officers went in without equipment.

"Your eyes are burning. You can tell you're taking on a lot of smoke. Your chest is burning, but we were just concerned about getting them out," Goetschy said.

Despite the challenges they were able to find the residents and get all three of them out. Two of them are recovering, but a 98-year-old woman - who lived in the room where the fire started - died.

"Our initial thought was we got her out, good. She's going to the hospital. We got her medical help, good. And then we found out an hour or two later that she had passed away. So that was tough," Goetschy said.

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