Vincent Award #45: Mystery Fresno Man

This week's Vincent Award goes to an unidentified man in Fresno, California who went into a burning house to rescue a 73 year-old man who was on oxygen inside the home and unable to escape the flames by himself.

The video shows the man walk into the smoke and flames. At one point, a crash or explosion sends other would-be rescuers fleeing, but not the hero, who emerges from the blaze with the 73-year-old man draped over his shoulder.

After the rescue, the unidentified man was checked out at a local hospital and then disappeared. Not many people have the courage to run into a burning structure like that and rescue a stranger. I don't know about you, but I'm glad to know there are at least a few people out there like this!

The original story can be found at the Huffington Post.

UPDATE: Mystery solved, the man who made this heroic rescue is Tom Artiaga. He appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live where he was awarded (among other things) the honor of throwing out the 1st pitch at a Dodgers game by none other than Tommy Lasorta himself (Tom Artiga is quite the Dodgers fan). Tom didn't want the spotlight and fame and it was quite difficult to get him on the show. He had no idea he was getting an award. Very humble hero. We really do need more people like Tom Artiaga in this world. Thanks again Tom!

Check out the 2nd video below to see his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.