DA Early Honors Worcester Police Officers for Rescuing an 89-year-old Woman From a Burning Building

August 9, 2021

For Immediate Release

Contact: Casey Shea 508-368-7229

WORCESTER– Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. today honored two Worcester police officers for their heroism when they rescued an 89-year-old woman from a burning building in February.

Officer Timothy Foley and Officer Daniel Pennellatore were presented with the District Attorney’s Team Excellence and Merit — TEAM — Award, which recognizes outstanding service by those in public safety.

“Their quick actions helped evade tragedy. They exemplify courage, bravery, and a commitment to protect others at all costs,” Mr. Early said. “We are incredibly grateful to have such outstanding officers in Worcester County.”

At 1:20 a.m. on Feb. 27, Officer Foley and Officer Pennellatore were dispatched to 73 Chilmark St. in Worcester where a fire had broken out on the third-floor porch and eventually engulfed the home in flames. Residents yelled for help as they assisted an 89-year-old woman down the hallway and toward the stairs.

Officers Foley and Pennellatore rushed into the home, locating those in need and carried the woman to safety. The woman was treated by paramedics and was not seriously injured.

Mr. Early created the TEAM Award in 2019 to recognize public safety employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. Contact the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office at (508) 755-8601 to nominate someone for this award.

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