AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man was taken to a local hospital Monday afternoon after he was reportedly trapped inside a vehicle that burst into flames in the parking lot of The Enclave Apartments in south Austin.
Two Austin police officers — Chandler Carrera and Eddie Pineda — sprung into action in an attempt to save the man’s life, arriving at the scene just before fire crews, according to an Austin Fire Department spokesperson.
On Tuesday, AFD provided more info on the rescue efforts provided by firefighters and Austin police.
An AFD spokesperson says the driver of the truck suffered a medical emergency at the same time that he was backing into a parking spot. The truck was in park, but his foot was still on the accelerator, causing the tires to spin in place and spark the fire. The man was unable to move his foot off the gas pedal.
Officers Carrera and Pineda smashed the window to open the door and get the man out of the truck before it was completely engulfed in flames, AFD says.
The man had serious, potentially life-threatening smoke inhalation injuries, ATCEMS said.
Carrera and Pineda were recognized for their heroic actions Wednesday by the Austin Police Department in a press conference.
“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.