NEW BUFFALO — The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department reported that Deputy Michael Pellerito pulled a woman from a burning house in New Buffalo early Thursday morning, Dec. 31.

According to a Dec. 31 Sheriff’s Department press release issued by Lieutenant Ryan Sullivan: In the early morning hours of Thursday, December 31, a 72-year-old homeowner called to report a structure fire at her residence in the 1400 block of W. Water Street, in New Buffalo City. The homeowner was trapped in the residence, and was unable to remove herself from the fire.

Deputy Michael Pellerito of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department’s New Buffalo Township Patrols arrived as flames engulfed the back corner of the residence. Deputy Pellerito initially forced entry into the front of the residence, but was forced back by heavy smoke.

With assistance from Berrien County 911 Dispatchers, Deputy Pellerito was guided to the trapped homeowner’s location. Deputy Pellerito pulled the homeowner from a bedroom window, to safety, as smoke and flames intensified.

The resident was treated and transported by Medic 1 Paramedics for minor smoke inhalation. There were no other injuries reported at the fire.

Agencies involved in fighting the fire included: Berrien County Sheriff’s Department; New Buffalo Township Patrol, New Buffalo Police Department, New Buffalo City Fire, New Buffalo Township Fire and Medic 1 Ambulance

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