December 22, 2021

Caught on Camera: Kosciusko officer honored for bravery in saving dog from house fire

Therese Apel

Cricket, the family dog rescued from a house fire by a brave Kosciusko police officer

Kosciusko Officer Robert Overby and Police Chief Chris Wray

A Kosciusko police officer is being recognized for his courage in going into a burning house to rescue a family pet, an act that was caught on his body cam footage.

A release from Kosciusko Police Department said Officer Robert overby was dispatched to a house fire on Dec. 17. The kitchen was on fire and the home was filling with smoke.

Overby spoke with the homeowner who told him one of her pets was still inside, a small black dog named Cricket. Police said Overby went into the house and finally found the dog in the rear of the home.

On Tuesday, Kosciusko Police posted on Facebook that Overby has received a letter of commendation for going above and beyond the call of duty.

“Officer Overby risked his own safety and well being to save a beloved pet,” said Chief Christopher Wray. “This is the kind of service to our community we provide here at KPD. Officer Overby exemplified our creed, to Protect and Serve. Thank you for your service Officer Overby.”

Overby was taken to Baptist Attala Hospital for smoke inhalation, but was released and is doing well.

Officer Robert Overby after rescuing a family dog from a house fire

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