Neighbors Zachary Salce, 24, sheriff’s department custody deputy, and Maddison Henslin, 21, animal welfare specialist, responded to a burning apartment located below theirs on Nov. 13, 2018, in Nipomo, Calif.
Salce kicked open the front door, and they both entered, crawling under heavy smoke and flames. They found the woman, who was unconscious, lying on the floor, about 15 feet from the front door. Salce grasped the woman’s upper body, and Henslin grasped her feet. Together, they dragged the woman to the front door and outside, where they were met by first-responders who took the woman away from the building to safety.
She was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and burns.