Then after the fact you might get in trouble...In a broader perspective: You cannot unilaterally declare the right to do whatever you want, because you perceive that your family is in danger. You could drive a fleet of trucks through that loophole.
So what?In fact, if we believe his account, he already fulfilled his obligation; they tried to save the child before escaping the house. Unfortunately, he failed. He was unable to rescue the child before leaving. The odds that he would be able to go back in and save the child, when the fire had gotten worse, was pretty much zero.
It is the call of the fire chief... not the cops.Quite the opposite. The job of the cops is to prevent further loss of life. If they let people do whatever they wanted at the scene of a fire, the number of deaths in fires would skyrocket.
And then I hope the cop is ready to get beat up...Well then, I hope you're prepared to get hit by a taser.
And why we see more and more innocent people shot by police too...In fact, the "to hell with the cops, I'll do what I want" attitude is precisely why police are granted broad authority in these situations.