Wagoner County Deputy saves elderly woman, dogs from House Fire
On 2/29/2020 at 0445 hours, Wagoner County Deputies were notified of a structure fire, in the Toppers area. Wagoner County K-9 deputy D. Watkins was first on scene and observed the fully engulfed structure was abandoned; however, the fire had jumped to a neighboring residence. He knew the neighboring residence was occupied, by an elderly female. The occupant of the residence was believed to be asleep and was not answering the door.
Deputy Watkins sprang into action and prepared to kick the door in but discovered the door was unlocked. When Deputy Watkins entered the residence, the attached garage was fully engulfed. Deputy Watkins rushed into the residence to wake up the homeowner. The elderly female became scared and began trying to gather belongings. The female also became worried about her four dogs. Deputy Watkins had to compel and lead the female to safety. Once the female was outside, he ensured the dogs were out of the residence. Once the elderly female and her dogs were out of the residence, Deputy Watkins ensured they were all taken to a safe location. As they made their way to a neighboring house, there was an explosion in the garage.
Deputy Watkin's dedication to the Toppers community aided in providing life saving measures. His quick actions saved the homeowner and her pets from a fiery death. Deputy Watkins went above and beyond his duties, by running into a burning house. Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott commends Deputy Watkins for his selflessness, bravery, and courage by risking his own life, to save another.