Two ‘hot’ Austin police officers who pulled a man from a burning truck set the internet on fire.
Chandler Carrera and and Eddie Pineda were recognized for their courageous efforts to drag an unconscious man from his Dodge Ram near the Enclave apartments in south Austin on Monday.
The driver had a medical emergency while backing into a parking lot, and his foot got stuck on the accelerator, causing the tires to constantly sleep and starting the fire, the Austin fire department said.
Dramatic bodycam footage shows Pineda breaking open the front truck window as flames ripped through the engine and smoke blew through the cabin.
You can see Pineda Carrera calling to help as they wrestle the man out of the truck just before it exploded.
The man was rushed to Dell Seton Medical Center last Monday with life-threatening injuries.
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Austin police officers Eduardo Pineda, left, and Chandler Carrera, right, were hailed as heroes for saving the life of a man they pulled from a burning truck
Dramatic bodycam footage shows Pineda breaking open the front truck window as flames ripped through the vehicle and smoke blew through the cabin
Pineda yells at his partner to help him get the man out of the truck. The driver had had a medical event while backing into a parking lot near the Enclave apartments in South Austin and his foot got stuck on the accelerator
The pair drag the badly burned man to safety moments before the truck explodes
Carrera tries to provide first aid to the driver, who was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries
The completely burnt-out truck just after Carrera and Pineda had brought the driver to safety
When Carrera and Pineda appeared at a press conference on Wednesday, they tried to pour cold water on the suggestion that they were heroes.
“It feels good, but we don’t think of ourselves as heroes,” said Pineda.
‘We are police officers. That’s the job. We are here to help people. ‘
Later that day, a post on Carrera’s Austin Statesman’s Instagram page investigating the burnt wreckage of the truck began to draw admiring responses.
“Which was hotter, these cops or the fire?” Trinity Stennfeld wrote.
“REFUND THE POLICE!” Jamie Tadlock wrote in capital letters.
Someone called Mrs. N Zuniga and said, “I’m about to start a fire.”
Not to be outdone, Dawn Weathersbee said, “Good job. And those two can always save me. ‘
“Steviegasm” said, “Send agents Carrera and Pineda my way because I’m about to break the law.”
Megan Ziskind wrote, “Oww oww .. yes, I’m getting out of the car.”
“They look like actors cast in the role of police,” said Paula VM Photography.
“Which was hotter, these cops or the fire?” Trinity Stennfeld wrote
“REFUND THE POLICE!” Jamie Tadlock wrote in capital letters
Someone called Mrs. N Zuniga and said ‘I’m about to make a fire’
‘Steviegasm’ said, ‘Send agents Carrera and Pineda my way because I’m going to break the law’
Megan Ziskind wrote: ‘Oww oww .. yes I get out of the car’
Dawn Weathersbee said, “Good work. And those two can always save me ‘
Dora ATX was ready to be run over by agents Carrera and Pineda
“They look like actors cast in the role of police,” said Paula VM Photography
“Burns my vehicle,” wrote CV Day
The couple’s exploits earned praise from police, with the officers calling the Austin PD employees of the week, and the chief’s coins.
They also appeared on CNN to discuss the rescue, with Pineda saying it was “ pure training ” that helped him save the man.
“I felt the adrenaline after everything was done,” he said.
Before joining the police force, 6 foot 1 Carrera was a veteran soccer player, playing for the University of North Alabama Lion’s in the 2017 season as their first choice.
The fire started on Monday morning when the driver suffered a medical event while parking his truck.
The police and fire brigade were called, with the two hero officers arriving first.
According to the Austin Statesman, a man at the truck called out, “He’s in there! He is still there! He’s in there, ”which may have informed the officers of the stuck driver.
Tony Farmer, who lives next door to the apartments, witnessed the entire incident after hearing one of the loud bangs from the truck.
‘I was just chilling inside and I heard a loud bang, kind of like when the [trash truck] comes and throws the dumpster on the ground when they finish emptying or a transformer [exploding]Farmer said to the Statesman.
When it happened the second time, I was like, ‘Woah, that’s a bit weird,’ ‘Farmer added.
Farmer described the truck explosion as an almost cinematic experience.
‘It exploded a little bit, almost like in movies, not like a massive explosion like atom, but it engulfed more about 20 seconds after [the man] was removed from the vehicle, ”Farmer continued.
He added that he believed the police officers involved in the man’s rescue are heroes.
‘Those agents … there’s no question about that – they’ve put their lives on the line and they’re heroes. There’s no question about it, ”said Farmer.
Austin Police Assistant Chief Robin Henderson agreed and later took to Twitter to congratulate the officers and signal them for their exploits.
Officers Pineda and Carrera received a chief’s coin yesterday in recognition of their heroic actions in saving a man’s life from the vehicle fire, Henderson tweeted. Please help me recognize these two for their quick thinking and courage! #OneAustinSaferTogether ‘
According to the Patch, Joseph Chacon, police chief, also praised the officers for their bravery.
“Despite the danger, they ran in and saved a man’s life,” Chacon said. “These are the guards of our community. Thanks, Officers Pineda and Carrera! ‘
The condition of the injured man is unknown.