BENSALEM TOWNSHIP, PA (CBS) — Three officers from the Bensalem Township Police Department are praised for their quick thinking that saved a man’s life last month.
Officers Steven Ambs, Samuel Ladd and Kenneth Branford spoke with Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub on Facebook Live about their August 25 heroic moment.
The fire broke out in the Bucks Meadows Apartment on Knights Road. While other officers evacuated residents from surrounding buildings, the men focused on building 5, where the fire started.
“When I ran the steps it was pitch dark. We were able to turn on a flashlight and I saw the victim lying unconscious at the door,” said Officer Ambs.
Officer Ladd explained that because of the smoke, officers had to run outside first to get fresh air before dealing with the victim.
We said, “Okay, we have to go in,” and we went right in,” he said.
He, Ambs, and Branford carried the man to safety in a move captured on body camera footage. The video shows the men listening to the resident on the floor outside the apartment.
According to Officer Branford, getting the victim out brought a surge of emotion.
“I’m clearly relieved that we got it out,” he said. “I was a little concerned about his condition and whether anyone else was in the flat.”
The district attorney’s office says the victim is still hospitalized but is making improvements.
District Attorney Weintraub told the men that their selfless behavior made them true pillars of society.
“We are so happy that each of you is protecting us as we lead our lives,” he said.