Oklahoma officer responds to fire at his own home, saves his own family

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SEMINOLE, OK- An Oklahoma officer responded to an emergency call about a house fire, only to realize that it was his own home with his family trapped in the flames.

Seminole police officer Anthony Louie, 33, was working Friday night when a call came in reporting a house fire. As Louie was responding he realized that it was his own house that was on fire. Louie had two sons in the house alone, ages 14 and 7.

When Louie arrived at the scene he jumped out of his patrol car and rushed into the house to save his sons. The brave officer ran through the fire engulfed front porch and into the home where his children were stuck.

Louie’s, wife, Lureena Louie, told The Washington Post that their children were yelling out for their dad as they tried to get out of the burning house.

Lureena Louie said that as they turned a corner in the home, the boys saw their father:

“That’s when they saw Dad. He was hollering and yelling for them. There was so much smoke they couldn’t see.”

Louie was able to immediately pull both of his sons from the fire. Amazingly, the boys did not sustain any injuries. Louie however, was not as lucky. His heroic act left him hospitalized with smoke inhalation and burns on his face, head, and arms.

The officer is still in the hospital but is expected to make a full recovery.

The Seminole Fraternal Order of Police released a statement recounting Louie’s brave actions saying:

“As many of our citizens know by now, Officer Anthony Louie was injured in the early morning hours of Friday November 13th. Officer Louie responded to a house fire only to find out it was his residence that was burning.”

The order continued:

“Officer Louie made entry into the residence and successfully rescued his family. Upon entering the residence he had to run through the flame engulfed porch and in doing so sustained serious burns and smoke inhalation injuries.

“Officer Louie’s family was not physically injured due to his bravery and quick action.”

Later in their statement the police order thanked the community for their support of Louie and his family:

“The overwhelming support received for Officer Louie has been amazing and his family and fellow officers wish to thank each and every person for their thoughts and prayers.”

https://www.facebook.com/SeminoleFOP138/posts/1005724803228809

Lureena Louie has also extended a thank you of her own. The wounded officer’s wife stated that the support given to her by the Seminole Police Department has been essential to her and her family.

She told The Washington Post:

“If it weren’t for them, I probably couldn’t have gone through this. They’ve been by my side the whole way.”

Local police organizations have also provided avenues for community members to give support to Louie and his family following the devastating fire.

In another post on their Facebook page the Seminole Fraternal Order of Police offered ways to give money to the family or donate household items and clothes.

The FOP stated:

“Donations can be made to the Seminole FOP lodge 138 through PayPal by sending them to:

[email protected]

Donations can also be sent to any Tinker Federal Credit Union in the State of Oklahoma as well. Just note the deposit for Seminole FOP lodge 138.

Many citizens have been leaving donations in the form of money and clothing/household items at the Seminole PD as well. There is always someone there to accept these donations.”

https://www.facebook.com/SeminoleFOP138/posts/1006753749792581

Despite his injuries and a long road of recovery ahead, Louie says that he would do it all again to save his children.

Lureena Louie says:

“If he had to do it all over again, he would. That’s what he told the kids, ‘I’d do it for my kids. I’d do it for anybody.’”

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Oklahoma officer responds to fire at his own home, saves his own family

Oklahoma legislators working on introducing “Back the Blue” bill: ‘Come to OK, we will support you’

OKLAHOMA – With all the talks (and also action) of defunding police, and the national discourse where the profession is constantly getting slandered, a state representative and a senator are trying to create legislation that will benefit officers in the state of Oklahoma.

Republicans State Rep. Kyle Hilbert and state Senator James Leewright announced on July 21st plans to introduce legislation that will increase the pay, better retirement plans, and create more supportive compensation for families of fallen officer within the Oklahoma State Police.

The effort has been coined as the “Back the Blue” legislation.

Rep. Hilbert spoke of the initiative and the rationale for getting to work on drafting it:

“We have an aging workforce in law enforcement and as these individuals retire, it’s going to be incredibly difficult to recruit police officers for the last decade.”

If passed, the legislation wouldn’t go into effect until fall of 2021, but Rep. Hilbert noted that there’s more legislation on the way that is aimed to support police as opposed to demeaning the profession:

“I hope we show young men and women in Oklahoma that if you put [on a] blue uniform, we are going to support you.”

The state rep. expects there to be some against the bill, considering the negative portrayal that law enforcement as a whole has been treated to since late-May. The message that Rep. Hilbert wants to send loud and clear is that the duo supports the work law enforcement does:

“Through and through for the most part we support law enforcement in Oklahoma.”

At this time, it isn’t clear as to where this extra funding would come from, but Rep. Hilbert explained that they need to “get the ball rolling,” on this effort. When reflecting on hos many states are actively shaming police within their cities, Rep. Hilbert had a message for those officers:

“If you’re a police officer in another state that’s not supporting you, come to Oklahoma, because we will.”

Considering the lack of support from elected officials lately with regard to police, this is certainly a breath of fresh air and a step in the right direction.

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Oklahoma officer responds to fire at his own home, saves his own family

While these two are working to defend police in the state of Oklahoma, a city councilwoman is facing public scrutiny for comparing police officers who have killed black people to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. 

Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon posted on social media:

“25 years ago at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, mass murderer Timothy McVeigh took the lives of 168 innocent people.  That was senseless violence.  That was terrorism.  The continued violent murder of Black lives by police is terrorism.  A burned car is property damage.”  

Of course, this statement, comparing situations in which black people have been killed by police (most of which were ruled justified in the courts) to McVeigh who used bombs to blow up a building and murder 168 people did not sit well with local police. 

Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police President, John George, said:

“To compare us to Timothy McVeigh…most of us, this department, lived through that.  She crossed a line there.” 

The FOP instructed its followers to email Hamon their complaints. 

KOCO 5 reached out to Hamon and asked bout what she thought about the negative response to her comments. 

Hamon stated:

“The Fraternal Order of Police has typically operated by buying the loyalty of politicians or bullying people. And while it’s difficult to be the target of their bullying, their lashing out is an extension of the same culture in our policing institutions that perpetuate the high rates of police brutality against and harassment of Black and Brown residents as well as of residents who experience homelessness, or any other lives that have been disproportionately impacted by our systems of criminalization, over-policing, and mass incarceration.

“I have built relationships with those in our community that have not had the historical power to determine law enforcement policies and practices – and are often those that fall into our legal and carceral system rather than get healthcare, economic opportunity, and access to housing.

“Black lives matter more than the status quo and being a visible leader amplifying the words of Black Lives Matter-Oklahoma City Chapter like I did when I shared their post means that those, like the FOP, who have benefited from power will continue to try to silence me.

“But my voice carries the concerns of my constituents – concerns that have been raised long before I was ever in office and that cannot be shoved to the side or silenced by bullying and intimidation.”

George said her claim of cops beings universally racist and out to kill black people is “a false narrative because we don’t have this epidemic of police officers murdering innocent black men in this country.” 

George would like Hamon to sit down with officers in an open dialogue with all facts presented instead of just her posting items on social media he says are untrue.  Despite his request, it does not appear Hamon has any intention of meeting with officers. 

George’s argument seems to have merit. The Washington Post maintains a database that keeps track of all officer involved shootings for the past few years. 

In that database, it shows that police officers kill on average far more white people as opposed to any other race.  Professor Roland Fryer, also tends to agree.

As Law Enforcement Today previously reported, Professor Fryer was quoted as saying:

“There is no racial bias when officers fire on suspects, (according to a new study by Prof. Roland Fryer), black suspects are actually less likely to be shot than other suspects.”

Here at Law Enforcement Today, we have published numerous articles that have shown the facts, figures and statistics that support Fryer’s conclusions. Conclusions based on several thousand hours of collecting and researching available data for more than 1,000 police involved shootings. 

His research found:

“In officer-involved shootings in these cities, officers were more likely to fire their weapons without having first been attacked when the suspects were white. Black and white civilians involved in police shootings were equally likely to have been carrying a weapon. Both of these results undercut the idea that the police wield lethal force with racial bias.”

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Oklahoma officer responds to fire at his own home, saves his own family

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