Okanogan Co. Sheriff trades badge for hose to fight Elmer City fire

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by Ashley Korslien & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 16 at 12:29 PM

NEAR ELMER CITY, Wash.-- Crews battling the Buffalo Lake Road Fire are stretched thin. They have about 150 crews fighting the flames, which spread over 7,800 acres.

To help the cause, a local sheriff and a sergeant decided to trade their badges for a hose.

Sheriff Frank Rogers stumbled upon home just feet from the fire. Okanogan County Undersheriff Joe Somday said it nearly burned his parents’ house to the ground.

Sheriff Rogers and Sgt. Kevin Arnold were on duty at the time.

“The heat was pretty rough. Kevin actually singed the hair on his knuckles,” Rogers said.

They say they’re used to fighting crimes, but fires are another story.

“I don’t enjoy fire at all. I go through doors with guys with guns, and it doesn’t bother me. But I don’t like fire. It’s a best of its own,” Arnold said.

The officers were able to save the home, but just when they thought their day was over, flames sparked again. Duty called, and while the men aren’t trained for this, their efforts ended up saving the home a second time.

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