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Seattle officers caught on camera pulling man out of burning RV and saving his life

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SEATTLE, WA – Seattle Police Officers responded to a burning recreational vehicle and were alerted that a man was stuck inside.

Officers immediately entered the RV and pulled the man to safety.

Seattle Police Officers on patrol noticed smoke coming from an RV parked near Airport Way S and S Albro Place.

Officers moved in and noticed that there were a man and a woman that were attempting to help a man who had been caught inside of the burning vehicle.

Without hesitation, officers immediately jumped into action and pulled out their fire extinguishers, and worked to get the man safely out of harm’s way. The officers were able to extinguish the fire long enough to get to the man and pull him to safety.

Body-worn camera footage shows the heroic actions of the officers as they dragged the man out out of the vehicle and through the snow to get him safely away as the RV became fully engulfed.

The man suffered what were described as serious burns to his hands, head, and body.

The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center by the Seattle Fire Department.

An officer, who was burned in the rescue efforts, received medical attention at the scene and was not transported to the hospital.

As of now, the cause of the fire has not been determined but it is suspected that a heater inside the RV may have been what caused it. What is clear is that if were not for the quick and heroic actions of the Seattle Police Department, the outcome would have been dramatically different.

Heroic actions by officers often go unnoticed because they happen frequently and officers themselves typically shy away from the spotlight.

Officers tend to view any heroic actions as just part of doing their job, which it is, but that does not take away from the selfless actions by officers every day.

Another example of heroic actions occurred just recently when a police officer with the Lakewood Police Department stepped up to engage an active shooter. In that case, a 47-year-old man, Lyndon McLeod, began a murderous rampage throughout Denver and Lakewood.

Officers moved in and got into several shootouts with the suspect, but it was not until McLeod encountered Lakewood Police Agent Ashley Ferris that he was stopped.

Lakewood Police reports that Ferris ordered McLeod to drop his gun and surrender.

Instead of surrendering, McLeod opened fire on her, striking her in the abdomen area, but that did not stop her.

Ferris, bleeding and on the ground, returned fire, striking and killing McLeod where he stood, thus ending the mass shooting and saving countless additional lives.

Ferris was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital where she has already gone at least one surgery, but it is expected that she will have several more. For now, Lakewood Police Chief released a statement in which he praised Ferris’ selfless actions:

“All of us at the Lakewood Police Department are incredibly proud of Agent Ferris and the bravery shown by her and her fellow law enforcement officers during this active shooter situation. The entire Lakewood Police family will be here to support Agent Ferris and her family as she embarks on this recovery process.

“Our hearts are incredibly heavy with the loss of life and injuries suffered by others during this rampage. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cardenas, Gunn-Maldonado, Scofield, Steck and Swinyard families, as well as the families of those injured.”

The Lakewood Police Department has proudly identified Police Agent Ashley Ferris as the officer who stopped the active shooter, despite her having been shot in the abdomen.

Ferris remains in the hospital after having undergone one surgery and possibly in need of more.

The Lakewood Police Department released a statement on Facebook, noting Ferris’ identity and informing the public that she and her family are asking for privacy while she heals.

On Facebook, Lakewood Chief of Police Dan McCasky noted:

“All of us at the Lakewood Police Department are incredibly proud of Agent Ferris and the bravery shown by her and her fellow law enforcement officers during this active shooter situation.

The entire Lakewood Police family will be here to support Agent Ferris and her family as she embarks on this recovery process.

Our hearts are incredibly heavy with the loss of life and injuries suffered by others during this rampage.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cardenas, Gunn-Maldonado, Scofield, Steck and Swinyard families, as well as the families of those injured.”

On December 27th, Ferris was among many responding officers to a series of active shootings that were perpetuated by Lyndon James McLeod. According to the Lakewood Police Department:

“After shooting and killing 38-year-old Danny Schofield at the Lucky 13 tattoo shop, the 47-year-old male suspect [McLeod] traveled to the Belmar shopping area where he gunned down 28-year-old Sarah Steck as she worked at the Hyatt House.

At several points during this situation, the suspect exchanged gunfire with Lakewood and Denver Police. From there, the shooter headed to the area of Alaska and Vance when he encountered Lakewood Police Agent Ashley Ferris.

Agent Ferris ordered him to drop his weapon as he approached her. The suspect ignored her commands and shot Agent Ferris, striking her in the abdomen. Agent Ferris, shot and wounded on the ground, was able to return fire on the suspect.

The suspect was shot by Agent Ferris and died on the scene. If not for the heroic efforts of Agent Ferris and other law enforcement, this incredibly violent tragedy could have been even worse.”

Democrat Colorado Governor Jared Polis weighed in on the tragedy and the heroism displayed by Ferris. He wrote on Twitter:

“Thanks to the bravery of Lakewood Police Officer Agent Ashley Ferris, more lives were not lost during that tragic day in our state. Coloradans are grateful for her heroic actions and wish Agent Ferris a speedy recovery.”

A GoFundMe account has been established to help Ferris with housing and medical expenses while she undergoes treatment for the injuries she received during the shooting. The post states:

“Zach and Cody here, help us raise money for our sister in blue, Ashley.

Ashley was involved in an Officer Involved Shooting. She is currently recovery at the Hospital and will have a long road ahead of her.

Every donation will help ease any medical, pet, and housing expenses she will have in the future. We very much appreciate every donation.”

This is far from the first time that Ferris is being recognized for her heroic actions as a police officer.

In 2020, Ferris received a life-saving award with fellow Officers Brenna Conway and Andres Evans for performing CPR as a woman had stopped breathing on the roadway.

Ferris and the other officers were able to revive the woman who was able to return to her family after a hospital stay. The award said:

“Agent Evans, Agent Conway, and Agent Ferris had you not responded quickly, with an accurate diagnosis and lifesaving measures, the woman would have likely died at the scene.”

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