LONG ISLAND (PIX11) – Talk about teamwork.
A Long Island police officer and a 14-year-old boy are both being credited with rescuing more than a dozen people from a burning house.
Not just burning, but fully engulfed in flames.
This video from a neighbor shows just how intense that fire burned.
In a matter of minutes, the home was gone.
“Just flames everywhere. Living room flamed out. Glass breaking. And all I see was them stuck in the room,” said 14-year-old David Ortiz, who was the first one on the scene.
This shy kid is the big hero from across the street.
“My first reaction was I need to get a ladder. So I ran back to my yard, got one. And I told Ryan to break the window.”
David rescued his friend and a 3-year-old boy.
And more help was on the way.
“Kids were screaming. I said you need to get here as soon as possible. It took a few minutes but they came,” Ortiz said.
Everyone made it out alive, there were only some minor injuries and smoke inhalation.
But it’s a situation that wouldn’t have been possible if a 14-year-old boy hadn’t acted fast.