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Officers save lives in back-to-back calls

A pair of Medford police officers spent their time saving lives and putting out fires early Thursday morning.

At about 2 a.m., Officer Levi Moffitt and Sgt. Jason Antley were called to a report of a heroin overdose in the 100 block of North Columbus Avenue, where they found a 35-year-old woman not breathing and without a pulse, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.

Officer Arturo Vega started CPR, and when paramedics arrived, they administered Narcan and eventually got the woman breathing.

While she was being rushed to a hospital and a man in the house, Glen Rock, 52, was being arrested on outstanding warrants, a fire broke out in a duplex in the 1500 block of Bryant Street, about a block away.

Moffitt and Antley beat the fire department to the scene and began battling the blaze with a garden hose, which Budreau said "was surprisingly effective."

The residents in the unit were asleep when the fire started, but they were able to get out, he said.

"By their statements, they were able to get that (fire) a little bit more controlled," said Budreau. "But there was clearly still a fire in the attic."

Four engines from Medford Fire-Rescue responded, and firefighters had the rest of the fire out in about 5 to 10 minutes, said Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Ken Goodson.

Two people were inside the duplex when the fire started. One man was transported to a local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, fire officials said.

His condition was unavailable Thursday.

A person in the other unit was unhurt.

That unit received light smoke damage.

Goodson estimated the damage to be about $40,000.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation, but officials believe it started near a couch.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.

This story has been updated with new details.