Firefighters cut the bars off a window of a burning home in the 6400 block of South Paulina Avenue in an attempt to reach two young children trapped inside. Both died in the fire, authorities said. (Credit: Chicago Fire Media Affairs)
CHICAGO (CBS) — They’ve lost everything, their home, younger family members, and parents.
Tuesday, Chicago police aimed to let the survivors of an Englewood fire know that Christmas is still here.
Officer Sergio Glowacki helped the seven and four year old boys escape the fire this past weekend that killed their younger siblings, allegedly left alone in a home being heated by a hot plate.
Glowaki and his partner, both veterans who served time in Iraq and Afghanistan, are strong men, but the situation in Englewood left them feeling weak.
“I think it took me approximately twenty minutes to compose myself to get back into the police district.”
Others in the police district wanting to help did so by giving gifts to the boys, now in the care of DCFS Christmas morning.
They were very overwhelmed, I mean the whole hallway was filled with bags and bags and bags of stuff.”
“The amount of presents, clothes, toys, goodies, it is a horrific situation that at least for a day, they will be able to enjoy like a normal kid,” said Glowaki.
Tatiana Meakens and her sister have both posted bond on felony endangerment charges.