Firefighters Rescue Arleta Man From Beneath Vehicle

Wednesday, August 08, 2007 |

On Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 10:25 AM, 4 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 EMS Battalion Captain and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 33 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Captain I Elton Johnson responded to a Man Trapped Beneath a Vehicle behind 8450 Van Nuys Boulevard in Panorama City.

According to witnesses, a young adult woman backed her vehicle onto an 81 year-old Arleta man walking in the parking lot behind Washington Mutual Savings. Though brought to a stop by the screams of bystanders, the woman's compact vehicle remained on top of the badly trapped the man.

The swift response of Neighborhood Firefighters was promptly supplemented by an enhanced rescue assignment, which thankfully proved unnecessary, as first to arrive Engine Company 7 made deft use of the heavy lift pneumatic bladder from their apparatus to free the man.

Raising the vehicle and rescuing the non-breathing octogenarian - who briefly retained a pulse, Firefighters assisted his respirations as LAFD Paramedics commenced Advanced Life Support measures during rapid transport to the Trauma Center at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills.

When LAFD Paramedics departed the hospital at 11:10 AM, the gravely injured man was still fighting for his life.

The motorist, who was visibly upset but not apparently injured, was interviewed by Los Angeles Police Officers from the Valley Traffic Division, who are handling the investigation.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Rob said...

Brian, is there any more information about this incident? This sounds like it may have been my neighbor. Thanks for any information and keep up the good work.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...


Thanks for your kind note, and please accept our condolences for the recent loss of your neighbor.

We regretfully don't have a patient name on file to confirm a relationship to this incident, and are sadly are unable to follow up with hospital staff at this time.

Our best suggestion would be to contact the receiving facility, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center (818-365-8051) with the name of your neighbor and the date/approximate time of arrival (see the incident info above), or the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office PIO (323-343-0783), to determine if your neighbor was a Coroner's case and/or possibly involved in this incident.

Again, regardless of the nature of his passing, please accept our condolences.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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