Walker has been with the PPD for more than three years — first as a reserve officer and then as a full-time officer for the past two years.
The fire was reportedly under control just before 7 a.m. It entailed closing the road in the general vicinity of the house. Investigators have deemed the structure a total loss, with damage estimates between $120,000 and $150,000. The fire’s cause is still under investigation.
“I have never been on a fire scene that was that bad,” Walker said. “It was a very intense fire.”
Fire departments that responded were from Avon, Plainfield, and Danville.
Lt. Jill Lees, from the Plainfield Police Department, said officials at her department are very proud of Walker for what he was able to do.
“He was at the right place at the right time,” she said. “It just shows the caliber of men and women we have here. It’s obvious that we are never off duty. If we see something, even if it’s not in our town limits, we stop and help.”
Walker said he has great respect for firefighters and what they do — even more so now.
“It was a unique experience,” he said. “I have helped with a couple of fire scenes, but usually just securing the perimeter and assisting with traffic.”