Video: Ill. LEOs rescue man from burning home

Bodycam video shows the officers sprinting towards the flames and pushing their way inside the home


By Suzie Ziegler 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Bodycam video released by Springfield Police and interviews with the officers involved tell the tale of a dramatic rescue this week. 

During interviews with local news, Officers Juan Resendez and Nicholas Renfro described the night they saved a man from a burning home. 

According to KMOV, the officers were first on the scene of a house fire Wednesday evening and immediately sprang into action. 

"A lady yelling to us that there was someone inside the house," Resendez said in the interview. 

Bodycam video shows Resendez and Renfro sprinting towards the flames and pushing their way inside the home. 

"I immediately just ran up and just kicked the door after I opened the screen door," Renfro said. "I saw another door and through a small window I could see there was a confused man in there." 

Renfro grabbed the man as the fire spread into the kitchen, reported KMOV. 

The officers were quick to contextualize their actions. 

"We're not the only ones in the department that would do something like this," Resendez said. 

"We just happened to be there first,” Renfro added.

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Springfield Police said the fire started after a driver lost control of her car and crashed into the home. The driver faces charges of reckless driving, endangering the life of a child and leaving the scene of an accident, according to KMOV. 

 

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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