A Calumet City police officer is being hailed as a hero after saving a 6-month-old baby from a burning building Thursday.
The drama unfolded when a home in the 100 block of 155th Place caught fire.
Officer Adam Zieminski was among the first at the scene, and came across a distraught mother.
"She was screaming that there's a baby inside, my baby's inside, please go get him," Zieminski said.
Zieminski didn't hesitate to go inside.
"So I got down on my hands and knees and I hear the baby crying, so I crawl in and got to the bed, baby's crying ... I stood up instead of staying on the ground. Once I stood up, it forced me to take a breath. I saw the light for the door and just ran for the door," Zieminski said.
Fires can be extremely unpredictable, and running into one with no real protection can be risky. But often, police officers are the first ones on the scene of a fire.
"I'm a policeman, I have to deal with a fire call, and you just do what you have to do," Zieminski said.
Zieminski suffered from minor smoke inhalation and the baby is expected to fully recover.