BENSALEM TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — Three officers with the Bensalem Township Police Department are getting praise for their quick thinking that saved a man’s life last month.
In a Facebook Live, Officers Steven Ambs, Samuel Ladd, and Kenneth Branford talked with Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub about their heroic moments on Aug. 25.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Ahjaon Jackson Shot, Killed While Coming Home From Work With Twin Sister, Philadelphia Police Say
The fire was at Bucks Meadows Apartments on Knights Road. The men focused on building 5, where the fire had started, as other officers evacuated residents from surrounding buildings.
“When I ran up the steps, it was pitch black. We were able to shine a flashlight, and I saw the victim laying in the doorway, unconscious,” Officer Ambs said.
Officer Ladd explained that because of the smoke, the officers had to run outside first to get clean air before taking care of the victim.
“We said, ‘Alright, we got to go back in,’ and we went right back in,” he said.READ MORE: Doctor Accused Of Hoarding Dead Kittens In Her Freezer
He, Ambs, and Branford carried the man to safety, an act caught on body camera footage. The video shows the men resting the resident on the ground outside the apartment.
According to Officer Branford, getting the victim outside brought a wave of emotions.
“I felt obviously relieved that we got him out,” he said. “I was a little bit worried about his condition and whether there was anybody else in the apartment.”
The victim is still hospitalized but is making improvements, the district attorney’s office says.
District Attorney Weintraub told the men their selfless act makes them true pillars of the community.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police Searching For Shafeeq Lewis, Accused Of Fatally Shooting 13-Year-Old Boy On Way To School
“We are all very blessed to have each of you protecting us as we go about our lives,” he said.