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first_imgLos Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Gary Bronner said Lyons, 29, is alive because of Sandoval’s help. “Even to the bigger point, he probably would have died if we hadn’t gotten to him before the next minute – that’s how close it was,” Bronner said. Sandoval, 39, went inside the apartment after Glendora police Officer Mike Skibar went in but could not see more than three feet inside because of “intense” smoke and exited the building, Schmidt said. Bronner said Sandoval put on his breathing apparatus, and Glendora fire engineer Ed Vasquez gave him a 300-foot hose line for safety. “I was feeling around and I felt his left foot,” Sandoval said. “I grabbed both feet and dragged him out.” GLENDORA – Firefighter/paramedic Fred Sandoval estimates he took three minutes to save Bryce Lyons’ life. He also insists any one of his fire crew members could have rescued the Glendora man – who was certain to die from smoke inhalation – inside of a fire-filled apartment building. But May 7, Sandoval was the one who went inside the apartment at about 6:40 p.m. in the 500 block of Parker Drive. “Anyone of them would have done it – it was just Fred’s turn to go in,” said John Schmidt, emergency services manager for Glendora. Fireman Dominic Viramontes and firefighter/paramedic Pat Dunham from Engine 32 in Azusa helped pull him away, Sandoval said. Sean Cusack and George Gonzalez from Sandoval’s Engine 151 helped to resuscitate Lyons, Sandoval said. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Sandoval has worked for the Los Angeles County Fire Department since 1990 as a fire suppression aide, and was hired as a firefighter in 1992. He was also an ambulance driver. He has been at his current Glendora station for 11 years. Bronner said it was a team effort in saving Lyons. “I have an excellent crew,” he said. “It doesn’t surprise me my crew made the right decision to make a difference.” Schmidt believes Sandoval made the difference. “If Fred was on the hero list, I’d vote for him.” [email protected] (909) 483-9378160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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