SOME would call it heroic. Liverpool's leading senior constable Robert Stanford calls it just another day on the job.
Senior constable Stanford (pictured) put his life on the line when he raced into a burning house at Liverpool's Carboni Street last month.
"It was dark inside but I could still see where I was going and at the time I didn't think there was that much smoke until I walked out the door," he said.
"Fire and Rescue hadn't arrived yet so we tried to get in through the front and back of the house but we couldn't get in. We smashed a window in the front room and I climbed through."
He searched the four-bedroom house looking for the occupant, an elderly woman.
The woman, 60, put a pot on the stove and left it cooking while she shopped.
"I started searching the house from room to room until I went into the kitchen and saw the stove on. I turned it off and continued searching the house," he said.
"The neighbours told us they thought she might've been inside."
He left the house and was treated for minor smoke inhalation.
He said after 12 years in the force it wasn't the only time he'd been involved in a dangerous situation.
"I'm often known as being one of the first people at the scene," he said.
"In situations like this house fire, the adrenaline gets you going.
"I just love my job and what I do."
Constable Stanford was also nominated for Police Officer of the Year 2013 for his work at a domestic-violence incident.