New dramatic video features two Phoenix police officers rescuing a 55-year-old man trapped in a burning SUV.
The incident took place early in the morning of March 25, near the intersection of 32nd and Osborn Ave.
The bodycam footage, released by Phoenix police on Monday, begins as agents Rudy Castillo and Joel Kaminsky, who have been on duty together for over 40 years, run towards the SUV, which is covered by flames in the front while seated. . in Maegan Scruggs’ front yard.
Two police officers arrived at a burning, crashed SUV in a front yard on March 25
Inside the vehicle was an unconscious 55-year-old man trapped behind closed doors
‘I looked at [Castillo] and said, “We’ll be the first there,” said Kaminsky 12 News after the incident.
It is not clear why the car crashed, although the man is believed to have had a medical problem.
“Do this,” Castillo tells Kaminsky after they get to the car, with Kaminsky trying to break open a window to the locked car.
Failing that, Castillo looks for something else to help open the car.
Agent Kaminsky (pictured) tried to get the man back by breaking the window
But his attempts to open the window were rejected, forcing the officers to think quickly
Agent Castillo ran to a house and grabbed a fire extinguisher, which broke the window
“Hey, have you got anything blunt?” Castillo asks Scruggs’s husband, who previously tried to put out the fire.
Castillo returns with a fire extinguisher, which shatters the driver’s window on the first attempt.
They pull the unconscious man out of the car and put him on the sidewalk, but they are not out of the woods yet.
Once the man was out of the car, Officer Kaminsky began to resuscitate him
“I don’t have a heartbeat,” Kaminsky says of the victim. ‘I do chest compressions’
Eventually, the man stops by before Phoenix Fire arrives and takes over the care
“I don’t have a heartbeat,” Kaminsky says of the victim. ‘I do chest compressions. Come on, buddy! You got this, come back. ‘
While Kaminsky continues to work on the man, he starts to stir.
‘Yes! Let’s go! You got this – come back, ‘says Kaminsky as Castillo supports them in the background.
In situations where we don’t have time to hesitate, our training begins and that can mean the difference between life and death. The driver in this incident continues to recover in the hospital. Thanks @PHXFire for the help. #ThisIsWhatWeDo, ”Phoenix Police Department wrote on Twitter.
Scruggs praised the officers for saving the unknown man’s life, calling them “ real heroes. ”
Phoenix Fire later arrived on the scene to take over the medical care of the SUV man.
Kaminsky, who suffered a hand injury from the broken window treated by Phoenix Fire, is putting the viral moment to the test.
“It’s a first responder for a reason and we got there first and we were able to be successful and it’s very rewarding,” Kaminsky told 12 News.
“To give back to the community, that’s a good feeling,” added Castillo.