Pittsburg officers, family recall daring fire rescue of young girl

 

By Robert Salonga
Contra Costa Times

Posted: 03/29/2009 02:49:59 PM PDT

PITTSBURG — As smoke overtook the rear bedroom, Officer Mark Mays remembers that he had his arms through a window opening, hoisting a young girl who had been cornered by the fast-moving fire.

The girl was trying to do her part, supporting herself on the post of a bunk bed. Officer Ryan Wilkie was using his baton to shatter the window to help free the child.

Mays says what happened after that is fuzzy to him. He just knows that they got the girl out of the burning house.

"All I remember was her going over my head," he recalled.

Seconds later, the room exploded into flames.

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