(CBS) – Two Texas police officers are being praised for their work in rescuing a man from a fiery SUV this weekend.
Dashcam video shows the fiery scene Ryan Nielsen and Autumn Soto pulled up to Sunday morning. The officers weren’t deterred.
After a bystander told them the driver was still inside the wrecked SUV the Mesquite, Texas officers shattered a window and carefully pulled the man out.
Realizing the man was still breathing and had a broken leg, they continued to move the victim away from the crash. The officers needed few words to describe the scene. “It was pretty intense it was pretty intense heat.”
The rescue, nothing short of heroic considering the heat coming from the flames and the fact both risked their own lives.
A day later, the officers were rather reserved about their actions.
“You’re there rooting for them,” said Officer Ryan Nielsen. “You’re there working with them. You need them to make it.” Officer Autumn Soto downplayed the rescue. “Just another day at work for us, it was 4 o’clock in the morning. “We were getting ready to go to lunch so it was just another day.”
Another day for them but it could have been the driver, Hector Valles’ last.
The officers said that was just one of those things that someone was looking out of him that day. Hector’s family said in a statement: “Hector is strong. He is a fighter.”
At last check, the driver was listed in critical condition in a Dallas hospital.