VIDEO: Police save man from smoke-filled apartment

Body camera video shows Cedar Park police officers pull an unconscious man out of a burning apartment around 1:00 Wednesday morning at the cypress gardens apartment complex.

 

“I think it was just a natural instinct for all three of us. We wanted to save somebody and help them out in the time of need and it just kind of all happened at once,” said officer Jacqueline Quiles, who was the first one to arrive at the apartment complex.

 

When she got there, neighbors told her a man was likely still inside.

 

“I looked at the smoke, made the decision to kick the door in, as soon as I kicked it in, I got hit with smoke,” Quiles said.  

 

She couldn't see inside the apartment because it was filled with smoke, but that didn't stop two of her fellow officers from entering.

 

“I think all three of us standing at the doorway were kind of like, ‘Do we do this? Do we do this? Do we do this?’ And then, ultimately, officer White just took off on his hands and knees,” said Quiles.

 

Police officer Ian White found the victim unconscious lying in a bedroom with his dog.

 

“Officer White was able to crawl on his hands and knees and was actually able to grab him and pull him out,” Quiles said.

 

“[The victim] actually had a couple scratches on his chest where it appears the dog was trying to wake him up or get to him,” said Cedar Park Fire Chief James Mallinger. 

 

After dragging the man out by his feet, the cops helped him breathe until paramedics arrived.

 

“They made the right decision and the three departments; police department, fire department and Williamson County EMS, together saved a life. That I'm very proud of,” Mallinger said. 

 

Unfortunately, the victims dog did not make it out.  The cause of the fire is not being released at this time, but the fire chief said it is not suspicious.

 

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