Above the Call: Correctional Sergeant evacuates neighborhood during gas leak

By Lt. Kevin McCoy, AA/Public Information Officer
Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center

While families peacefully slumbered in their warm beds, a Correctional Sergeant went door-to-door to evacuate them during a potentially dangerous neighborhood gas leak.

Sgt. Stanley Wright helped evacuate his neighborhood in the middle of the night during an emergency.

At 3:30 in the morning on Dec. 28, Sgt. Stanley Wright, who works at the Correctional Training Center, heard a strange sound and looked out his upstairs window. He spotted a construction crew hurrying away from the source of the odd sound.

Based on their reaction and the sound itself, Sgt. Wright believed they hit a gas line. He raced downstairs, threw open the back door and confirmed the distinct odor of gas.

He immediately evacuated his family and called 911. That’s when he discovered the construction crew had yet to report the leak. The 911 operator dispatched the fire department and PG&E to the scene.

While waiting for the emergency crews to arrive, Sgt. Wright went door-to-door to evacuate his neighbors. Due to his diligence, three homes were already evacuated by the time the fire department arrived and assumed control.

The fire department confirmed the neighborhood’s main gas line was ruptured, which could have caused a devastating explosion. PG&E worked quickly to shut down and cap off the line. After a few hours, the air quality tested clear and the residents were allowed to return home.

His neighbors expressed gratitude for Sgt. Wright’s quick actions.

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17 Responses

  1. MS LIM Wednesday, February 1, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    Your neighbors must be so proud of you, and so we are for you.

  2. SGT KNOCKOFF Wednesday, February 1, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Good Job Sgt. Suspect way to rep Carson 3/W

  3. Lt. Ivey Monday, January 30, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    Outstanding courage and the willing to help others in a potentially dangerous situation good job Sergeant Wright!!

  4. miggy Saturday, January 28, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    proud of you brother!

  5. cakelover Friday, January 27, 2017 / 11:44 am

    great job sgt white

  6. Kevin Wednesday, January 25, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    Great job even though you didn’t show for the retirement party.
    Kevin

  7. Carol Johnson Tuesday, January 24, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    Very well done! You should be highly commended for your quick actions. Congratulations!

  8. Fitz Tuesday, January 24, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Awesome job Wright!

  9. Ant Tuesday, January 24, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    Great job of taking care of all. Much respect!

  10. Mayra Tuesday, January 24, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Nice job!

  11. SteakLover Tuesday, January 24, 2017 / 11:31 am

    I know him! I know him!

  12. Brooks Tuesday, January 24, 2017 / 10:54 am

    Great job. Way to look out for everyone. Proud to know you.

  13. Tamara Reece Tuesday, January 24, 2017 / 10:35 am

    Awesome heads-up reaction Sgt. Wright! I hope the construction crew was made aware of their responsibility, and that steps have been taken to hopefully ensure that they do not ever endanger another neighborhood.

  14. G. Patterson Tuesday, January 24, 2017 / 9:59 am

    Great Job.

  15. C/O Ponce, A.J. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 / 9:53 am

    Good job Sgt. Wright… I send mine from the Q!

  16. dr b Tuesday, January 24, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Well done, sir.

  17. Sgt. A. Lujan Tuesday, January 24, 2017 / 9:28 am

    Great job Sgt. Wright! We here at the Q are proud of you and glad that you are safe.

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