Bodycam video shows Eudora police pulling man from smoke-filled house

photo by: Eudora Police Department

Eudora Police Officer Cody Galley, center, helps fellow officer Fred Ramirez pull an unresponsive man from a Jan. 7, 2019, house fire in this frame from Ramirez's bodycam video.

The Eudora Police Department shared some body camera footage from a recent fire, where two officers who beat firefighters to the scene went inside and pulled an unresponsive man to safety.

The fire was reported just before 1 a.m. Jan. 7 in a two-story house at 918 Church St. — with no working smoke alarms, we reported last week. The man fell asleep while smoking and ignited his mattress, which doesn’t usually make big flames but burns slowly, creating heavy smoke and toxic fumes.

Two adults and a child were outside when Officer Fred Ramirez and Officer Cody Galley got there, but they told officers a man was still inside trying to put the fire out. Firefighters, who are volunteer, hadn’t reached the scene yet.

Bodycam video shared on the police department Facebook page shows the officers heading upstairs through smoke and finding the man, unresponsive, on the floor. They grab him by the feet and pull him down the stairs before he regains consciousness.

The post says the video quality doesn’t do justice to the heavy smoke — “both officers could not see while they were in the home” — but the intense coughing and wheezing might. At one point one officer tells the other, “Go get a breath of air, and then come back.”

“Putting their own lives at risk … both officers assisted with removing the party from the home while nearly succombing (sic) to smoke inhalation,” the post says. “We thought it was important to share with the community the bravery and selflessness these two officers exhibited.”

Eudora Police Department

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd

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