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Friday, April 09, 2010 —A Cook County Sheriff’s investigator conducting overnight investigations alerted two south suburban home owners of a raging fire next door, which was beginning to consume their own homes with smoke, Sheriff Tom Dart announced Friday.

Trois Shavers, who supervises officers with the sheriff’s electronic monitoring unit, was in Dolton around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, helping to investigate the activities of those who are supposed to be confined to house arrest. As he approached the intersection of 151st and Hasting streets, Shavers noticed smoke billowing from the roof of a house at 15206 S. Hasting St.

Trois ShaversShavers, who has been with the department for 19 years, immediately notified Cook County dispatchers of the fire and drove to the house. He attempted to enter the burning house, but due to the intense heat and smoke, he couldn’t get inside. As smoke poured from the house and began stretching to neighboring houses, Shavers raced to the houses on each side, alerting those sleeping inside to the spreading fire.

At 15200 S. Hasting St., he woke up a husband and wife who were able to quickly get out of their house. But at 15210 S. Hasting St., an elderly woman living alone there took several minutes before coming to a window. She informed Shavers she couldn’t locate her keys to her gated door to get out.

Using his hand-held radio, Shavers made multiple attempts to break the glass to the door before finally repeatedly slamming into it and opening it. He went inside for the resident there, but was turned back by smoke.

Shavers then covered his face with his sweater and went inside for the woman, who turned away from him to retrieve clothing. Shavers was unable to locate her again due to the smoke, but kept calling for her without a response. At that time, the Dolton Fire Department arrived on the scene and Shavers ran to the street to inform them of her status. Just then, the woman emerged from the house.

The home where the fire originated was unoccupied, while fire officials reported that none of the neighbors suffered serious injuries.  

“Investigator Shavers went above and beyond his duties because it was the right thing to do,” Dart said. “I can’t thank him enough for all he did for these residents and for the way he represented our office.”

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