The Tulsa City Council honored Tulsa Police Officers who sprang into action and evacuated residents from a burning apartment complex - including one officer who caught a baby dropped from a balcony.
On Jan. 6, officers were adjourning their squad meeting around 6:30 a.m. at the Mingo Valley Division when they noticed a fire at the Whispering Oaks Apartments.
Officers rushed to alert over 100 sleeping residents of the fire, evacuating them to safety and protecting them from the minus 9 degree Fahrenheit wind chill.
Officer Alan Franks was alerted to a family with a baby who had been forced onto a balcony by the fire. The baby was dropped to Officer Franks and he safely caught the infant while the adults climbed down to safety.
No lives were lost thanks to their impressive teamwork and quick actions. The Tulsa City Council commends these officers for their heroic efforts.
(Left to right) Ofc. Kelly Young, Ofc. Jim McClaughry, Ofc. Carl Weddington, Ofc. Danny Tedrick, Ofc. Alan Franks, Ofc. Barry Moore, Cpl. Mark Shelton, (not pictured) Cpl. Brian Collum, Ofc. Donnie Pierce and Ofc. Leigh Buser.
The City Council features adoptable pets at the first regular Council meeting of each month to raise awareness about animals available for adoption at the city's animal shelter.
This month's pets are Hank and Ringo. Hank is a four-month-old Labrador Retriever Mix, and Ringo is an eight-month-old Pug/Chihuahua Mix.
If you are interested in adopting these dogs, or any of the wonderful animals at City of Tulsa Animal Welfare, call 918-596-8000.
*Update: Hank and Ringo have been adopted! But the city's animal shelter still has many animals looking for good homes. Stop by the shelter at 3031 N. Erie Ave. in Tulsa or view adoptable animals at PetHarbor.com.
PetHarbor.com is a real time listing of animals in the shelter and is updated hourly. Just type in "Tulsa" or your zip code and click "Adopt a Pet" to search. Then check the City of Tulsa Animal Welfare shleter list box and select "Use this shelter list."
You can then search for all dogs, cats and others, or search by breed, gender, age, size, and color. You can also select "Register your Breed Interest" and receive an email when matching animals arrive at the shelter.
Councilor Moore shows off Hank, a four-month-old Labrador Retriever Mix
Shelter Manager Jean Letcher holds Ringo, an eight-month-old Pug/Chihuahua Mix