By Leslie Hynes, South Snohomish County Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer.
At their February 26, 2019, meeting, South County Fire Board of Commissioners honored two men who rescued a young girl at a tragic collision in Everett in January.
During the board’s regular meeting, Chair Jim Kenny awarded certificates of recognition to Temo and Angel Torres, father and son, for their courageous actions on January 27th.
The two men were among the first on the scene that morning when a car traveling at a high rate of speed crashed into a power pole west of Silver Lake in the 1200 block of 112th Street Southwest. The impact tore the car in two and resulted in two deaths. Two other occupants of the car sustained serious injuries.
“When a horrific accident happens such as this, witnesses have a choice to make. They can choose to ignore, they can choose to spectate, or they can choose to help. On January 27th, Angel and Temo Torres chose to heroically act and immediately inserted themselves into the incident to provide aid to the victims,” said Assistant Chief Doug Dahl at the award presentation.
“Angel and Temo selflessly pulled the lifeless body of a child from the burning wreckage and began performing patient care,” he said.
He went on to say, “They continued patient care until they transferred the patient to the arriving paramedic unit who took over the lifesaving efforts. Though the patient ultimately succumbed to her injuries, the actions of Angel and Temo gave the patient her best shot at survival.”