By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (Information and Press Release)
Picture: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (Courtesy)
Needles, California: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station Sergeant Nick Caronna has received the Medal of Valor Award for helping a man escape an early morning house fire in October 2020.
According to a press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, “On October 17, 2020, Sergeant Nick Caronna from the Colorado River Station responded to a house fire in the city of Needles. When Caronna arrived, he determined the house had not been cleared. Caronna knocked on the front door several times and after not receiving a response, forced the door open. By now the fire had engulfed the entire rear of the home. Caronna’s visibility was hindered by thick smoke and intense heat. He called out several times with no response. Caronna crawled on the floor to a bedroom and saw a leg on a bed. Caronna reached up and pulled the leg towards him. Believing the victim had already succumbed to smoke inhalation, he was surprised when he heard the person yell. Caronna helped the man out of the house, where he was immediately treated for smoke inhalation. Soon after exiting, the entire home was engulfed in flames.”
Checking back for fires on Saturday, October 17th, 2020, there was a triplex residential structure and vegetation fire that occurred off Washington Street near Park Avenue at around 2:23 a.m. PT which was first reported on ZachNews.
Reports over the scanner during ZachNews live broadcast and later confirmed by deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Colorado River Station that people were evacuated from the residents.
Firefighters from the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District and Mohave Valley Fire Department respond to the was later confirmed and updated as a triplex residential structure and vegetation fire.
According to the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District, the cause of the fire is under investigation but it appears the fire started in vegetation and extended to the nearby occupancy.
ZachNews and the people of the Colorado River Tri-State communities say congratulations and great work to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station Sergeant Nick Caronna for receiving the Medal of Valor Award.
As always on ZachNews, thanks to all of the firefighters, paramedics, emergency responders, law enforcement officers and deputies, and emergency volunteers for responding to emergencies, helping to evacuate people, saving lives and protect properties.