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Off-duty Lancaster police officer, neighbor rescue Mayville man from burning house

An off-duty Lancaster police officer and a Chautauqua County man are being credited with rescuing a 67-year-old Mayville man from his burning residence.

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace said the actions of two men saved the man's life.

Gerace said the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office 911 center received a call from Shaun Dimino Sunday evening reporting heaving smoke coming from a residence on Morris Road. Dimino is a Town of Lancaster police officer who owns a hunting cabin in the Mayville area and was traveling on Morris Road.

Dimino was unable to provide the dispatcher with an address for the house, so he quickly went to a neighbor’s home to obtain it. The neighbor, Austin Clark, then went with Dimino to the burning residence. Both men entered the burning building and found a man in the kitchen of the residence, Gerace said.

The kitchen was filled with heavy smoke and flameswere  consuming the kitchen wall when they entered. Dimino and Clark carried the victim
from the house, saving him from serious injury or death, Gerace said.

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