APD officers who pulled man from burning pickup to receive public commendation


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two Austin police officers received public recognition Wednesday after they pulled a man from a burning pickup Monday.

APD officers Eduardo Pineda and Chandler Carrera pulled the man, who was unconscious, out of the burning pickup in the 1000 block of West Stassney Lane moments before it blew up. It was fully engulfed with the man inside before the officers pulled him to safety.

Austin-Travis County EMS treated the man for his injuries, and the Austin Fire Department put the fire out.

“We really weren’t thinking much, we just showed up and saw what was going on, and then just reacted based on our training,” Pineda said Wednesday.

He was the one that initially broke the car window. Carrera helped pull the man out.

“It feels good [to be recognized], but we don’t consider ourselves heroes. We’re just police officers, that’s our job, we’re here to help people, that’s why we became police officers,” Pineda said.

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