I pray that nobody ever has to go through anything like this again, but I was proud to see so many people rush to help.
The police officer wearing the bodycam in the video seems to have gotten to the house moments after the explosion which was done. The rest of the community soon followed. Time was of the essence, and everyone worked to save lives.
This is what Americans do. Nobody was asking political affiliation or creating a poll based on skin color results. These people ran into the action to help out two homeowners suffering after an explosion.
Source: ABC 6 On Your Side
The officer’s body camera caught the scene as the victims cried out for help, and nearby construction workers and neighbors jumped in to help the responding officers get them free from the debris.
While yelling to other responders to call the gas company and get any gas turned off, they climbed on top of all the debris working to get to the victims as quickly as possible. The video shows other responding officers and witnesses running to the scene to help within minutes of the explosion. Prior to getting the call tor respond to the corner of North 20th Street and Atcheson Street, officers said they felt and heard the explosion, some thinking they might have hit something with their cruisers.
Cries of “keep talking to us!” and “don’t panic!” can be heard as neighbors work frantically to keep the victims calm while also clearing piles of debris from on top of them. After getting the victims free, officers then begin yelling at everyone to “get the hell out of here!” realizing that there could still be danger from gas lines at the scene.
Fire investigators say it looks like it was a natural gas explosion possibly caused by scrappers who had taken metal from the property. Several other nearby buildings and houses were damaged, including a duplex next door that lost an exterior wall, and a more than 100-year-old church nearby that had several old stained glass windows destroyed.
If it had not been for these quick thinkers, who knows what would have happened to those homeowners?
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