May 6, 2011
A police officer's life-saving action is captured on tape, and now law enforcement across the state is applauding his effort.
The video shows a mobile fire last February, near 125th N. and Meridian in Sedgwick County. In the video, you can hear the structure begin to collapse, then yelling, as Valley Center Police Officer Jason Easley runs towards the burning home. A Valley Center firefighter was trapped in the debris, and Easley was among those who helped free him.
"I saw a house falling, a porch falling, a couple guys trying to get out and making their best effort to do it, and at that point you just react," said Easley.
Easley originally responded to the fire to help control traffic, while crews from three different fire departments battled the fire. He was not equipped with any protective gear when he rushed toward the flames. Now, he says he realized the risk he took.
"Looking back, yeah. During the incident, sometimes you just react and you go on that gut instinct that you have at the time," said Easley.
That gut instinct helped the trapped Valley Center firefighter, Grant Greenwood, escape with only minor injuries. Friday, Easley was in Topeka receiving a prestigious award from the KACP and KPOA for his effort. But he says he's not the only one who acted heroically. He also credits the other firefighters who hurried to Greenwood's rescue that night.
"They were thinking the same thing. One of their brothers was down, we needed to get him help," said Easley.