PICO RIVERA (KTLA) — Two L.A. County deputies recounted the dramatic rescue Wednesday of a man trapped in a burning apartment building.
The deputies responded to a structure fire around 1:30 a.m. at an apartment complex on Whittier Boulevard.
Dense black smoke was pouring from one of the units when Deputy Michael Calderon and Deputy George Madrid arrived, according to sheriff’s officials.
When neighbors told the deputies someone was still inside, Calderon and Madrid rushed into the apartment where they found an unconscious man, officials said.
The deputies said they remembered their training and stayed as low as possible.
“The whole apartment was covered in thick smoke, so we couldn’t see in front of us,” Sgt. Michael Calderon said.
Then through the smoke they saw someone lying on a bed.
“My partner got a hold of his foot and I held his upper torso and we took him out of the apartment,” Sgt. George Madrid said.
The unidentified man was hospitalized in serious condition with burns to his face and body.