Hero Cop Makes Second Rescue

Officer saved a mother and two teens from a burning building earlier this week

By Lauren Steussy
|  Thursday, Jan 10, 2013  |  Updated 7:50 AM PDT
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Hero Cop Makes Second Rescue

Officer Zach Bradley pulled a woman from an overturned car early Thursday morning.

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A mother and her two daughters describe their experience jumping from a burning building into the arms of a heroic officer.
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The same officer who saved a mother and her two teenage daughters from a burning building earlier this week has made a second heroic rescue.

Just after midnight Thursday, police said a driver lost control on Field Street in Clairemont and drove over an embankment.

The car landed up-side-down against an apartment building, and the driver in the car was trapped inside. when emergency personnel arrived. 

The San Diego Police Department responded to assist. Among the officers at the scene was Zach Bradley, who pulled the driver safely out of the vehicle. She was not seriously injured. 

Bradley was the same officer who responded to a fire Tuesday in Clairemont. As the fire was burning in the apartment building, Bradley circled around the back of the building to find a mother and her two daughters crying for help in a room on the second floor.

"They were terrified," said neighbor James Anderson in a Tuesday interview. "They were like 'help us help us' and smoke was billowing out."

He told them to jump, and caught all three.  

Meanwhile, the driver whom Bradley rescued was arrested after failing a sobriety test, police said. 

Bradley spoke to the media Wednesday night about his heroic actions at an apartment fire in Clairemont on Tuesday. He said, however, that he doesn't consider himself a hero.

"Our job when we get there is help people get out and help who we can until fire gets there and they put out the fire," Bradley said of the Clairemont fire. "I just happened to be at the right place at the right time."

That fire forced 21 people to evacuate and caused over $1 million in damage. Investigators determined that the fire was caused by a grease fire when a woman cooked French fries. 
 

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