By Ryan Yousefi
As a high-rise fire blazed in a Coral Springs last month, video captured a Coral Springs Police Officer rushing to rescue an older woman caught in the blaze.
As a June 13 fire engulfed the ninth floor of the Briarwood building located at 3575 Brokenwoods Drive, an elderly resident found herself in harm’s way. Luckily, a CSPD officer arrived on the scene and was there to help.
Body camera footage provided by the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department on social media shows an officer carrying a woman away from a smoke-filled stairwell to safety. The officer then handed the woman over to EMS workers who loaded the woman into an ambulance stationed in the parking lot.
“Officers are out driving around, so many times they arrive at fires before the fire department,” said Mike Moser, deputy chief and spokesman for Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department.
“In this case, the officers were a huge help. They arrived at the scene and went to work right away. They knocked on every door and evacuated the building, which was a huge help for the fire department once they arrived.”
Moser went on to explain that while video caught an officer amid a heroic act, there was a second officer that involved as well. According to him, some unreleased videos show the woman walking from her apartment, but unable to make it down the stairs. An officer then picks the woman up and carries her before passing her off to the officer seen in the video.
“The woman was very fragile, and under the circumstances, the officers determined to carry her down the stairs was the best way to go,” Moser said.
Moser said the woman was treated at the scene for minor injuries, but there was no indication that she would require further medical assistance.
According to a report on the fire filed by the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department, the fire was the result of a resident leaving something they were cooking unattended. Fire trucks from Margate, Tamarac, and other cities were needed to extinguish the out of control blaze entirely.
One person was treated at Broward Health Coral Springs for smoke inhalation. Luckily, there were no fatalities.
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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