A man is lucky to be alive after the quick actions of a New York State Police Sergeant and two civilians.
Sergeant Robert Bloom III was on his way to the Broome County Academy Graduation to play with the pipes and drums and dressed in a kilt when saw smoke on Tioga Terrace in Apalachin just after noon Friday.
From a distance, Sergeant Bloom observed that the residence was on fire. Once on scene, he discovered that a male who is bedridden was trapped inside. Sergeant Bloom, the bedridden man’s father and a neighbor went into action and entered the burning residence. They able to successfully get the man into a wheelchair and out of the home. All the men were transported to area hospitals for smoke inhalation and are in stable condition.
Sergeant Bloom is a seven-year veteran with the New York State Police. He worked as a trooper on patrol out of SP Deposit and later out of SP Endwell before becoming a Sergeant and currently works out of SP Sidney.