SCOTTDALE (KDKA)- Two police officers and a medic rushed into a burning home in Westmoreland County to pull a man to safety.
According to officials at the scene, the fire started around 9:30 p.m. Monday at a home on Arthur Avenue in Scottdale.READ MORE: US Religious Group Says 17 Missionaries Kidnapped In Haiti
John Rulli is an EMT with Mutual Aid EMS in Scottdale. He is the medic that helped the two police officers rescue the man.
“We got on scene. Heavy fire was blowing out of the house so we went around back, went through the front door, crawled in, found him and drug him out. Hopefully he’s okay,” Rulli said.
Rullli and the officers found the man in a hallway unconscious.
“The police busted out a window on the back side and I went in. The smoke was too bad. They pulled me back out. One of the officers walked around the back side of the house, found the door and kicked it open. I went in probably 10 feet,” Rulli said.READ MORE: Police Investigating After Woman Killed, Man Injured In Kennedy Twp. Shooting
This is the first time Rulli says he’s ever gone into a burning home without his fire gear on. They managed to get the man out. Once he started breathing, he was flown to UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. There is no word on his condition.
KDKA’s Amy Wadas asked Rulli if he felt like a hero for helping the man.
“Not at all. It’s what I am trained to do,” he said.
Neighbors said the 59-year-old victim has some medical issues and lives alone.
Once firefighters arrived at the scene, they were able to knock the fire down quickly.
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