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Video: Chambers County deputies Braedon Boznango, Carlton, Carrington, pull man from burning car.
Two deputies in Texas are to be commended for their heroic actions after pulling a man from a burning car and then lay him in a nearby pond to extinguish the flames.
The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened Dec. 13 near Winnie, located about 60 miles east of Houston.
Delegates Braedon Boznango and Carlton Carrington arrived on reports of a serious car accident to find one of the vehicles fully engulfed in flames with an unconscious man in the front seat.
“My first thought was:” we can not let this man burn to death right in front of us,'” Carrington told ABC13. “I remember watching the flames in the run-up to the face of the man. There was, I think, a design.”
In bodycam footage released by the department, the man can be seen in the front seat with his legs and his stomach on fire.
The man was pulled from the burning vehicle on Dec. 13.
(Chambers County Sheriff’s Office)
The officers were able to drag the man from the burning vehicle by pulling him through the door window and then placing him in a nearby lake.
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“Had these deputies not acted quickly, decisively and without total disregard for their own safety, the injured man would have died in the vehicle,” the sheriff’s office said.
The man was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
The deputies were not injured during the rescue, but the heat of the fire was so intense that some of the equipment on their uniforms and had melted.
“It’s what we do,” Boznango told ABC13. “It’s our job. From the smallest detail to the more serious cases such as this.”