Hero deputy pulls elderly male from burning house in Sandy

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 11:05 a.m.

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At about 6:50 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Deputy Dustin Cochran was on patrol when he noticed smoke coming from a house on Pioneer Boulevard in Sandy.

After radioing in the fire to dispatch, Deputy Cochran ran to the house and contacted several people outside.

Deputy Cochran twice asked if anyone else was still in the house. He soon learned there was still one person still inside.

Deputy Cochran quickly entered the house and moved down a hallway to a closed bedroom door. He reportedly didn't see any flames, but encountered heavy smoke -- making it hard for him to breathe and see. He also reportedly didn't hear any smoke alarms sounding.

As he entered one room, he contacted an elderly male who was reportedly confused and possibly unaware the house was on fire.

Deputy Cochran grabbed the male and had to pull him from the house. At first the male reportedly struggled, but Deputy Cochran was able to overcome his resistance and get him outside.

Just as Deputy Cochran pulled the man from the home, the first Sandy Fire personnel arrived on scene to extinguish the blaze.

"Anybody driving by would have done the same thing," said Deputy Cochran.

The rescued man was identified as Robert Sousa, 76 years old, of Sandy.

Sandy Fire personnel report that 7-10 people could be misplaced by the blaze. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.


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Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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