An off-duty firefighter saved the life of a man who cut both his arms to the bone with power saws at a California Home Depot Store. According to Southern California’s NBC Channel 4, Pasadena Fire Captain Art Hurtado sprang into action when a man walked into the West Covina Home Depot and began to slash at his arms with drywall saws.
“People just couldn’t believe it,” said Captain Rudy Lopez of the West Covina Police Department. “He walked into the saw area, picked up a couple of saws in the saw area and started cutting both of his arms.”
Hurtado, who was shopping at the time, told Channel 4 that he threw his keys to his wife and followed police and store personnel to the bloody scene.
“The officers had already found a man face down, multiple aisles, and the whole store is in chaos,” Hurtado said.
In spite of having no sterile gloves or other equipment, the firefighter struggled to keep the victim from bleeding out and dying.
“I started asking for a lot of towels,” said Hurtado. “They finally showed up with a large packet of quarter-inch rope, nylon rope. And I ripped it open and just stretched it out and I told the police officer I want 24-inch sections. Just start cutting.”
Lopez called Hurtado “a godsend,” and said, “He happened to be at the right place at the right time, probably saved his life.”
The victim was taken to a local hospital for surgery and is expected to survive. The police declined to reveal the man’s name.
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