Pilot Ed Leon and Deputy Flight Tactical Officer Larry Scott have been honored for rescuing two people, including a arson suspect, during a fire that broke out in the Jurupa Hills area of Fontana in 2020, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
On November 1 of that year, the county fire brigade received numerous calls for a rapid plant fire and some climbers in the area were trapped by dense smoke and flames and had no way to escape.
Sheriff’s Aviation 40-King 6, with crew from Leon and Scott, responded to the scene.
They found a man standing on a large rock surrounded by heavy smoke and flames approaching rapidly. The crew was told by officers that they believed this man had started the fire.
Scott crossed to the rear of the helicopter in preparation for a step rescue. He got out on the helicopter slide and carefully guided Leon to his position within a few feet above the man. Heavy smoke in the air limited Leon’s ability to see and hindered the crew’s efforts to approach. They successfully pulled him into the helicopter just moments before the approaching smoke and flames had engulfed him. The heat from the fire was intense and was felt on the floor of the plane.
Scott and Leon landed in an open field and handed the man over to the officers in charge, who took him into custody.
Scott and Leon returned to the scene of the fire and found a man running a few feet in front of the blazing flames. Leon maneuvered the helicopter at a distance from him while Scott pulled him into the helicopter. The crew sat next to the responding officers and medical staff, who treated the man for his injuries.
The quick response and decisive actions of Scott and Leon saved both men from the rapidly moving fire and carried out a highly technical step-by-step rescue in challenging conditions, the Sheriff’s Department said. They were both honored with the Lifesaving Award.
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