Sheriff’s officials credited on Sunday a citizen and two deputies with rescuing an elderly man from a burning home in Bellflower.
The incident happened at noon on Saturday after deputies responded to a fire in the 9500 block of Rose Street.
When deputies arrived, they noticed the back of the house on fire and a male voice calling for help from inside.
The deputies pulled off a metal security bar on a window and got help from a neighbor who was small enough to get inside.
Once inside, he opened the kitchen door and let in the deputies who located the victim in the black smoke and carried him to safety while firefighters doused the blaze.
The 85-year old victim and two deputies were taken to hospitals where they were treated for their injuries.
The victim was later released.
The deputies were in stable condition.
Paramedics treated the neighbor at the scene.
Sheriff’s spokesman, Captain Mike Parker, praised the work of law enforcement and the neighbor in the rescue.
"The deputies and brave neighbor quickly worked together to save the man's life,"he said. "We are certainly proud of our deputies, but the victim was also very fortunate to have a neighbor brave enough to climb through iron bars into a burning house to save him."