"Ultimately, their concern was that he himself might become a casualty of the fire as well," City Administrator Bob Jenne said of Ryan Miller."
Was it HIS home"
If YES, then he had EVRY RIGHT to run into it as it burned to save attempt to save the child, EVEN at risk of loosing HIS life.
"You can also argue, correctly, that police should never allow well intentioned self-killing"
No, you cannot. I reject the premise on it face alone. Your life is YOURS to do with as YOU please. The firemen have NO obligation to help him, IF THEY feel its dangerous, but they and the Police have no RIGHT to stop him.