Off-Duty Pasadena Fire Captain Saved Man Who Sawed Down Arms at Home Depot

Pasadena Fire Captain Hurtado happened to pull up to the store to run an errand Wednesday and saw police and a bloody scene. Hurtado described the incident Thursday.

A day after Pasadena Fire Captain Art Hurtado encountered a horrific scene at Home Depot, he spoke of the ordeal at a news conference in Pasadena Thursday.

Hurtado was off-duty and making a stop at Home Depot in West Covina Wednesday when he pulled into the store’s parking lot and saw police officers getting medical gloves out of three patrol cars, according to the Pasadena Sun.

Inside the store, an unidentified man had been found unconscious in a pool of blood after using several small hand saws to cut his arms down to the bone, City News Service reported.

Hurtado used rags and twine to fashion makeshift tourniquets in order to stop the man’s heavy bleeding.

At the news conference, Pasadena Fire Chief Calvin Wells said Hurtado’s actions, “resulted in the saving of a life,” the Pasadena Sun noted, while Hurtado claimed it was divine intervention that led him to a Home Depot different than the one he normally frequents.

See more of Hurtado's account here on the Sun.

The unidentified man underwent surgery and remained hospitalized Thursday, according to CNS.

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Donna Evans April 12, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Wow. I just don't know what else to say other than wow. Sure hope the man gets the mental health help he needs. So sad.
Tino Diaz April 12, 2013 at 03:08 AM
That is right. He needs a lot of help
Ruben L. Corral April 12, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Great job Captain Art Hurtado, a true professional who didn't skip a beat---what pressure. God Bless you and all civil servants.


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