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Bristol Township Deputy Sheriff honored for bravery

Published On: Feb 21 2013 07:38:29 PM EST

Bucks County recognized Deputy Sheriff James Mitchell for his brave service while on duty and his quick reaction to save a woman from a burning building.

The recognition happened during Wednesday's Commissioner meeting.

On December 11, 2012, Mitchell responded to an incoming radio call where a house was on fire.


The house was fully engulfed when he arrived on the scene.  He saw a woman outside of the home calling out to someone possibly inside.  Before Mitchell could reach her, she proceeded to go into the home, entering by the rear steps. The Deputy Sheriff entered the burning building, pulling the woman from danger. After they both had exited, the floor collapsed right where they had been standing.

"Due to your quick reaction, you potentially saved the life of an innocent bystander," Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia stated, saying Mitchell upholds the law beyond all expectations. "We are proud and pleased to present you this letter of accommodation recognition of your bravery and service to the Bucks County Sheriff's office."

The person the woman was calling for was safely across the street, luckily not inside the home.

The woman was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation, and transported by Bucks County Rescue Squad to Aria Health Torresdale Campus for treatment of burns on her hands and feet.

"I work with a lot of professional deputies in my department, and supervisors," Deputy Sheriff Mitchell stated, adding, "I accept the award on behalf of everybody I work with in the county and the citizens of Bucks County."