Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Unified Police Department Officer Brandon Sulich was off duty, outside the Kearns, Utah, precinct. He was waiting for an 8:15 a.m. departure to the funeral of Officer Doug Barney, who was shot and killed a week earlier. That’s when Officer Sulich heard the dispatch for a house fire nearby. 
“Once they put out the address, I realized that I was probably only 30 seconds away from it,” Sulich said Tuesday. The young officer, who is still on probationary status, now had to decide whether to wait for the group to go to the funeral or respond to the house fire. “It was a very quick decision. It almost seemed natural. It wasn’t like I struggled with it. It was about the time it took for my hand to get up to my shifter was about how long it took me to make a decision,” he said. “Of course, the priority to possibly save lives is more important.”


charles said...

Yea, Priorities - "You nearly killed my arm."

Kudos to those officers, not just for helping; but, also in dealing with the elderly who don't always have the right frame of mind to get their priorities straight. As in, let's get out of this burning building and worry about your sore arm later!

I'm not trying to be mean; but, it can be frustrating in dealing with those who aren't quite aware of what should be the proper priorities sometimes. So, I think these officers dealt with these two very compassionately. It would have been easier to just pick them up and drag them out.

Ms. Donna said...