KAYSVILLE, Utah (News4Utah) – It was all in a day’s work.
But four Kaysville police officers did more than just protect and serve.
Last week, the four officers responded to a 911 call at a convenience store. There, a man was holed up in the bathroom threatening to set himself on fire.
Voice of Officer Cade Bradshaw, Kaysville Police Department:
“You could tell he was agitated,” said Officer Cade Bradshaw. “It happened so quick.”
The man later identified as Tyler Ivison was holding a zippo lighter and had doused himself in gasoline.
The officers approached hims cautiously and attempted to de-escalate the situation.
Officer Robert Jackson was first to reach him and tried getting the lighter when talks were breaking down.
He caught fire when Ivison ignited his lighter.
“All of a sudden I thought man, it’s getting really hot, not really sure why,” Jackson said. “At that moment I saw flames and I knew I just needed to get out of there.”
Officer Cade Bradshaw was there as well. He too was talking with Ivison.
“All of a sudden I just remember hearing that, when he lit that fire that sound of fire going up,” said Bradshaw. “It got extremely hot and we all made a mad dash to get out.”
Kaysville police released the surveillance video recorded at the Chevron convenience store. It showed all of the officers inside the bathroom with Ivison. That scene was darkened but one Ivison lit himself, the flames showed the officers struggling to get out.
One by one the four officers came out of the bathroom engulfed in flames. Each one helped the other put out the flames.
Ivison was also seen leaving the bathroom. He was also in flames. Another officer came to his rescue and eventually fire extinguishers were used to put out the flames.
“It’s tough to watch,” said Sgt. Shawn McKinnon who was amongst those in the bathroom. “(It was) very hard to watch and it’s just amazing that everyone’s alive and doing as well as they are.
Officers Cade Bradshaw and Robert Jackson suffered second and third degree burns. Jackson remains hospitalized awaiting more surgeries. Bradshaw was released from the hospital but has not been cleared for duty.
Sgt. McKinnon and Officer Lacy Turner were treated and released.
The officers do not consider themselves as heroes.
“My job is to protect lives and if I have to risk mine to save somebody else I’m going to do that,” said Jackson. “That’s the best way I can describe to you the whole thing about this scenario.”
Family members said Ivison was suffering from a mental breakdown.
And the officers showed no animosity towards him.
“I feel bad for him,” said Officer Bradshaw. “We deal for people in crisis. It’s a sad situation in that he felt he needed to do this and I hope he can get the help he needs.”
Bradshaw said his family is concerned with his safety but he’s trying to move on.
“You can’t worry about the what ifs,” he said. “You have to move forward.”
Police Chief Sol Oberg said Ivison remains hospitalized and could be facing charges once he’s released.