Dewey Beach police officer receives national honors

Jack Kane recognized by American Police Hall of Fame for bravery displayed in April fire
June 27, 2022

Accolades continue to roll in for Dewey Beach Pfc. Jack Kane, who recently received a national award for his bravery and actions during an April fire on Bayard Avenue.

Police Chief Sam Mackert presented the American Police Hall of Fame Life Saving Award to Kane June 17, stating that Kane was recognized through the national awards program for bringing credit to himself and the department, for saving lives and for setting a standard of bravery for all to follow.

Kane was on patrol in the early morning hours of April 16, when he noticed an orange glow coming from a home at 1902 Bayard Ave., Mackert said. After calling the fire department, Kane ran to the back of the home, where he gained entry and was able to help six people and a dog to safety.

Other than a minor burn Kane sustained to his hand during rescue efforts, no injuries were reported. Kane has been a full-time officer with Dewey Beach Police Department for two years, and was a seasonal officer for two years prior to that. 

Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal John Galaska said June 21 that an official cause for the fire, which caused damages estimated at more than $1 million, has not yet been found.


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