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Retired Tampa Police officer rescues 3 from fire

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Reserve Officer Mike Simpson rescued 3 people from the burning home. Reserve Officer Mike Simpson rescued 3 people from the burning home.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Michael Simpson worked for the Tampa Police department for 30 years. He retired as a corporal, but is not far from the job.

Simpson now is a reserve police officer for the department and works extra duty assignments.

For a number of years, he's worked an extra duty shift on a security patrol in the Beach Park neighborhood in Tampa.

Wednesday night, he says he was checking out a suspicious car when he smelled smoke.  Simpson says he followed his nose and found a house on fire not far away.

Simpson says, "I went up on to the porch area and pushed the side door open and right at that time, I encountered the three elderly people in the house."

Simpson knows the people in the home from his years on patrol and knew they needed help.  "I kind of know things about em. I know that Mrs. Tanner had broken her arm and I knew that Mr. Tanner was ill, so you get to know the people in your area," said Simpson.

Simpson was able to get the Tanner and a caretaker out of the home without injury.  The family says he saved their lives, and is a hero.  Simpson says he was just doing his job. 

"I'm not really a hero. I did my job and I did what anyone pretty much would have done and the difference in what I or a citizen would have done is: I'm trained."

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