Neighbors help officer who loses home in fire - CBS46 News

Neighbors help officer who loses home in fire

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COVINGTON, GA (CBS46) -

He is used to rushing to the scene of tragedy to help victims in need, but now a Covington Police officer finds himself needing help after a fire destroys his home. 

The flames erupted around 8 a.m. Wednesday at the home of Officer Chris Smith on Mt. Mariah Road in Covington.

Smith, who works the night shift, was asleep.

His 7-year-old son had fallen asleep in the room of his 20-year-old sister, who was home from college.

Both children were on the other side, separated from smith by smoke and flames.

"He knew he needed to get to his children. That was his only thought," said Capt. Ken Malcom, with the Covington Police Department.

"He ran to his son's bedroom and couldn't find his son," Malcom said.

Malcom said smith's training as an officer helped him keep his calm as he rushed through his home, looking for his two children.

Smith got his children out to safety.

"He reached down and grabbed them out of bed," Malcom said.

Smith's wife had already left for work.

The family hurried into the cold with only the clothes they were wearing.

"That family lost everything," Malcom said.

Neighbors are now pitching in, giving the family clothes, blankets and food, helping the man who has helped them so many times.

"The entire community has embraced the smith family. We had an outpouring of gifts and goodwill," Malcom said. "It makes me proud to know we've got that kind of support from our community when we experience tragedy. They're going to come our aid as we come to their aid."

Police are accepting donations 24 hours a day at their headquarters at 1143 Oak Street, SE, Covington.

Click here to find out how to donate.

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