Body camera footage shows that a Missouri police officer likely saved the lives of a 3-year-old and her grandmother after pulling them from a house fire on Friday, June 21.
Officers responded to a house fire in the 100 block of Becker Drive around 11:30 a.m., according to the Hazelwood Police Department.
Hazelwood Police Officer Rodriguez was the first one to arrive at the scene where he saw the main floor of the home fully engulfed in flames. Rodriguez heard cries of help coming from the basement window and found the homeowner and her 3-year-old grandchild.
Rodriguez rushed to the window, kicked it open and got the child free. He then returned to the window and pulled the homeowner out with the help of a neighbor.
“When I knew someone was right there, to help me get her out there, my whole mood changed,” said Latonya Hart, the 3-year-old’s grandmother. “I was like, thank you Lord, thank you God somebody is here.”
Florissant Valley, Hazelwood, Ferguson, and Berkeley firefighters arrived shortly after and extinguished the fire.
Everything burned inside the grandmother’s house. EMTs examined the toddler, Latonya Hart, and Rodriguez at the scene. No one was hospitalized.