Garden Grove

EMTs lauded for heroism in GG fire

GARDEN GROVE Fire Chief Todd Schultz with EMTs Micah Gonzales and Erick Padilla (GGFD photo).

GARDEN GROVE Fire Chief Todd Schultz with EMTs Micah Gonzales and Erick Padilla (GGFD photo).

Two emergency medical technicians are being hailed for their role not only in summoning help at a fire in Garden Grove, but in rescuing a man trapped inside the building that was ablaze.

Garden Grove Fire Chief Todd Schultz honored EMTs Mike Gonzales and Erick Padilla for their actions on Nov. 14 in connection with a fire at a Buddhist temple and housing in the 12400 block of Euclid Street that resulted in damage estimated at $225,000.

The two techs were in an ambulance transporting a patient to a hospital when they spotted the fire. They called the GGFD to report the blaze, and Padilla stayed with the patient while Gonzales checked the building to see if anyone needed help.

He discovered an elderly man trapped in a room by the flames. Gonzales broke a window, entered the room and took the man to safety. Gonzales suffered a minor case of smoke inhalation while the man rescued escaped injury.

“The residents of Garden Grove are fortunate to have people like Gonzales and Padilla who go above and beyond what is expected of them to help others,” said Elgin in presenting the technicians with the fire chief’s coin of merit on Wednesday.

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