Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Officers in Action

When Houston Police Department Lieutenant Harry Zamora saw the Cadillac engulfed in flames on the inside shoulder of the Southwest Freeway, he knew he had to act. He was not alone; at least eight citizens, seeing a motorist trapped in the burning car, had already stopped and were lifting the vehicle away from the guard wall so Lt. Zamora could open the door.

"I ran up and pulled the door open and we got him out," said Lt. Zamora, who suffered second degree burns. "The heat was intense, there were pieces of the car that were popping and flying. We thought the vehicle was going to explode."

The 73-year-old man was severely burned. He was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition, but Lt. Zamora knows if not for those nameless strangers who stopped to help, the man would have perished on the freeway.

"The people who came together, who lifted the front of that car are the true heroes," said Lt. Zamora. "I was just doing what I'm paid to do. I'm a policeman, we're out here trying to do the right thing and help people. I just did what anyone else would have done," he added.

Lt. Zamora added one more heartfelt message for those good samaritans who helped.

"Thank you Houstonians for coming to that man's aid. God bless you, because you did the right thing."

HPD would like to commend the heroic actions of Lieutenant Zamora and the citizens who came together yesterday to help save a life.See More


Anonymous said...

I've known Harry since he rode with me while he was on probation, and he has always impressed me as a good guy and a good officer.

Anonymous said...

Saw this on the news. Anybody know the condition of the rescued man?

D. Williamson said...

Wow! Officer Zamora is doing double duty as both an outstanding officer and an up and coming fireman! Thank you for helping to keep our city safe with all that you do. And thank you to the incredible civilians who put themselves at risk to help when it was needed most.