‘Arrest me’: 2 Austin cops go viral after saving man from burning truck before it exploded

Two Austin police officers Chandler Carrera and Eddie Pineda go viral after saving a man Monday from a burning pickup truck just before it exploded.
Two Austin police officers Chandler Carrera and Eddie Pineda go viral after saving a man Monday from a burning pickup truck just before it exploded. (KPRC)

Two Austin police officers go viral after saving a man Monday from a burning pickup truck just before it exploded.

Officers Chandler Carrera and Eddie Pineda arrived at the Austin apartment complex before firefighters and jumped into action, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Pineda broke a window to open the truck’s door and then together they dragged the man out.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with serious, potentially life-threatening smoke inhalation injuries, per the Statesman. Officials said the man suffered a medical emergency that contributed to the truck catching on fire.

Austin Police Department also released the bodycam video from the fiery rescue.

Social reaction

Since then, a photo of the cop duo has gone viral. While some wrote comments appreciating the officers’ heroism, others gushed over their appearance.

“Arrest me,” said one commenter.

“They look like actors cast in the role of police officers,” wrote another person.

“Good work. And those two can save me anytime,” chimed in another commenter.

“I’m really glad the comments delivered like we’d hoped they would,” said another person.

“Everyone got time for that,” said another person.

“Which was hotter, these cops or the fire?” questioned one commenter.

(Click on the photo below to see the aftermath of the truck, and swipe right to see the photo everyone is raving about.)

Even more good news, officers Pineda and Carrera receive a chief’s coin of recognition for their heroic actions.

“Officers Pineda and Carrera received a chief’s coin of recognition for their heroic actions yesterday, in saving a man’s life from the vehicle fire,” said Austin Police Department Assistant Chief Robin Henderson on Twitter. “Please join me in recognizing these two for their quick-thinking and bravery.”


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