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Real-life experience: Detective's kids watch him run into burning house, rescue woman from fire on 'Take Your Child to Work Day'

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Detective Mario Mastrangelo was in the car with his kids when they spotted a house on fire.  He jumped out of the car and ran inside, rescuing an elderly woman from the blaze. Detective Mario Mastrangelo was in the car with his kids when they spotted a house on fire. He jumped out of the car and ran inside, rescuing an elderly woman from the blaze.
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GERMANTOWN, Md. - "Take Your Child to Work Day" couldn’t have been more real for the children of a Montgomery County police officer.  Detective Mario Mastrangelo’s kids were with him when he arrived at the scene of a deadly house fire in Germantown on Thursday morning, and they watched as he ran into the burning home to rescue an elderly woman trapped inside.

Detective Mastrangelo, who works in the MCPD's Family Crime Unit, tells FOX 5 he had just picked is kids up to take them to work with him for "Take Your Child to Work Day" when they spotted smoke coming from a home on Jamieson Place.  As they got closer, they discovered that firefighters hadn't arrived yet. 

Mastrangelo says they heard call come over the radio, and they knew help was on the way.  He pulled up to the burning house and jumped out.  He saw the door open, and went running inside as his children looked on from the car. 

Once inside, Mastrangelo tells FOX 5 he saw another man-- a retired police officer-- who was trying to battle the blaze with a garden hose.  When he went to the back of the house,Mastrangelo spotted an elderly woman downstairs.  She told him her husband was upstairs, and Mastrangelo says he told her the had to get out immediately.  The 20-year police veteran carried the woman to safety outside before going back in to search for her husband. 

Mastrangelo says he and the other man tried to get upstairs, but the flames were too heavy.  They heard sirens and knew that fire crews had arrived, and went back outside to safety themselves.  Firefighters later found the husband dead upstairs. 

The woman Mastrangelo saved was taken to a local hospital, and she's expected to be okay. 

Mastrangelo says when he got back to his car, the first thing his kids told them is that he smelled like smoke--- and they wanted to know if he was okay.  At one point, he says, they told him they were scared he was going to die inside the house.

"It makes me realize that every day is an adventure on this job," Mastrangelo said.  "You never know what you're going to run into, and you just have to act accordingly." 


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