Kosciusco Deputy Pulls Man from Burning House

An off-duty sheriff’s deputy is being credited with saving the life of a Warsaw man. It happened over the weekend when a fire broke out at the home on Chapman Lake. The call went out on Sunday night and responders were told that the home’s occupant may have set the fire intentionally to commit suicide. An off-duty Kosciusco County sheriff’s deputy who lived nearby got there in a few minutes and found the resident, later identified as Michael Fremault, standing inside the front door as smoke poured out of the second floor of the house. The deputy went up to the front door and Fremault reportedly ran upstairs to where the core of the home where the fire was burning, continually telling the officer to “come and get him”. As the deputy climbed to the second floor, Fremault had fallen to the ground due to the fire and extreme smoke. Fremault was then dragged down the stairs as other arriving deputies assisted. Once outside, Fremault became combative and officers then placed him in the back of a police car until E.M.S. arrived and administered medical aid to him, as well as the deputy. Fremault was still combative and was transported by deputies to Kosciusko Community Hospital for smoke inhalation. Fremault confirmed that he did wish to commit suicide and appeared to be intoxicated while he was being questioned.. He was later medically cleared and transported by officers for a 72 hour mental evaluation.