On January 19, 2021, Crescenta Valley Sheriff Station Deputies patrolling La Cañada Flintridge responded to the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway after receiving a call that a man was trapped beneath a truck.
Deputy Nand was first on the scene and saw that the man (Mike) had stopped breathing. When assisting Deputies Olmos, Rostami and Valencia arrived, they coordinated with two civilian bystanders to lift the truck off the victim and pull him to safety. Mike began to breathe again and was treated by the responding Los Angeles County Fire Department.
On February 2, after recovering from his injuries, the victim and his family were welcomed by station personnel for a dinner with the Deputies who had rescued him. Mike recounted that the vehicle he was working under trapped him and that shortly after he was confined, he blacked out.
“Normally, the fire department gets there first,” Mike stated. “But you guys came so fast.”
The Deputies were thankful for the two civilians who assisted their efforts to extract the victim.
“Without the bystanders’ quick actions, we may not have been able to save him,” Captain Todd Deeds stated. “The Deputies at our station work hard every day to serve the public and we are thankful this had a happy ending.”