A Texas police officer saved an eight-year-old boy from a burning mobile home on Monday in a rescue that was caught on tape.
Joshua Gonzalez, a Socorro police officer, said he could feel the heat from the residence as soon as he arrived on scene.
"Once I made myself present to the people standing by, I asked them what was going on, and they said somebody was inside the residence, that there were people in there … it was well within my heart and soul to run in and try and get these people out," Gonzalez said.
Two adults and an eight-year-old boy were in the house.
"The house was already full of smoke, I could barely breathe, and I even advised them, ‘cover your mouths,' to try to get out as soon as possible safely," Gonzalez said. "From that point, I grabbed the child, and I held him tight in my arms, and I ran out with him and got him to the street where there was a couple of neighbors … to take care of him."
An off-duty firefighter brought the two adults to safety. The boy was not injured, but an elderly adult was treated for smoke inhalation.
The Socorro Police Department praised Gonzalez, calling him a "credit to himself and representative of the caliber of the caliber of officers who work for the City of Socorro." The department also said the neighbors helped to put out the flames using water hoses until the fire department arrived.