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APD Officer Helps Rescue Woman from House Fire

"I looked into her eyes when we were riding in the ambulance together... She had the will to live." says Officer Griffin "I looked into her eyes when we were riding in the ambulance together... She had the will to live." says Officer Griffin
"Mom's a fighter and I know that god will see it through and bring her back," says Jarvis Miller "Mom's a fighter and I know that god will see it through and bring her back," says Jarvis Miller

Three people are in police custody this evening in connection with a fire that trapped a 70-year-old woman inside her home.

Amid the flames... a hero... a police officer came to the woman's rescue...

The blaze broke out at around 12:30 in the 2500 block of Redwood.

Officials say Officer DeWayne Griffin was in the area tracking down three men, who reportedly pointed a gun at a dog.

According to police, the three men ran...

Nearby, Griffin heard someone screaming for help.

And that's when he helped rescue 70-year-old Bobby Miller.

This evening, as Miller battles critical injuries in a hospital in lubbock...

Officer Griffin is sharing his heroic actions with us.

Griffin tells us in the year in a half he's been with the department... he's never experienced something like this.

Certainly... the victim's son was happy he was there.

Just before one a.m.

Jarvis Miller receives the now unforgettable call from his 70-year old mother Bobbie.

"She told me she heard some noises like there was people in the backyard," says Jarvis Miller.

Noises that we're told turned out to be flames set intentionally...

He quickly arrives on scene.

And Officer DeWayne Griffin... on duty nearby... hears the cry for help.

"I could see smoke coming from south end," says Griffin.

"He said oh my God we gotta get her out," says Miller.

That's when Officer Griffin reportedly broke the glass to this door and stormed inside but there was so much smoke in here he couldn't see anything at first.

"I was in total darkness I couldnt see so I ran back out," says Griffin. 

But knowing a woman.. a mother was inside.. he headed back in...

"I ran back in crawled through the house... just feeling myself around ... as I got closer to the fire.. I could see feet by a doorway and once I saw the feet I got up and grabbed her," says Griffin.

"He was still callin out her name and he said I found her!" says Miller.

They finally made it out... after fighting the smoke and flames.

This evening, the 70-year-old is fighting to stay alive...

But both her son and Griffin have hope.

"I looked into her eyes when we were riding in the ambulance together... She had the will to live." says Griffin.

"Mom's a fighter and I know that god will see it through and bring her back," says Miller.

We're told Miller is in a medically induced coma right now.

And, NewsChannel 10 recieved word just bout an hour ago that those three men who police say initially ran from Officer Griffin are in custody in connection to the arson...

Meantime, special crimes continues to investigate.

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