A Texas police officer is hailed as a hero after running into a burning mobile home to save a family, including an eight-year-old boy.
On Monday, while driving to collect food for his horses, Cristobal Marin noticed smoke coming from a house. He went to the fire to see if he could help, he told CNN.
When Marin arrived, he saw an officer come out of the flames and carry a child. He pulled out his phone and started recording, capturing the brave rescue in front of the camera.
In a video shared on his Instagram account, @the_boss_moltisanti, Joshua Gonzalez, Socorro’s officer, runs running towards the burning house.
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“As I parked my patrol unit, I could feel the heat coming from the residence,” Gonzalez told KVIA-TV. “Once I introduced myself to the people standing by, I asked them what was going on and they said that someone was inside the residence, that there were people in there . ”
“It was good in my heart and my soul to run and try to get these people out. ”
The door was warm when Gonzalez entered the house, finding two adults and the little boy.
“The house was already full of smoke, I could barely breathe and I even advised them to” cover their mouths “to try to get out as quickly as possible safely,” continued Gonzalez. “From that moment, I grabbed the child and I hugged him and I ran with him and took him to the street where there were some neighbors … To take care from him. ”
The other adults were rescued by a firefighter on the scene. The boy was not injured, but an elderly adult was treated for smoke inhalation.
The Socorro police department paid tribute to Gonzalez’s bravery in a statement released on Wednesday.
“The Socorro police would also like to recognize one of their number, officer Joshua Gonzalez, who committed an act of altruism, when he entered one of the houses to kidnap a family who was still there. ‘interior’, the statement said.
Gonzalez says the boy was upset that he lost his soccer cleats in the fire, reports KVIA-TV, but the officer offered to buy him a new pair.
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A GoFundMe has been launched to help the family rebuild their home.
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