Sonoma County (CA) Sheriff Robert Giordano released body cam footage from sheriff’s deputy Sgt. Brandon Cutting which showed frantic moments during last Sunday night’s evacuations as a fatal firestorm roared into residential neighborhoods north of Santa Rosa.
“I think it really tells the story of how dangerous and how difficult the event was,” Giordano said at a press conference Friday evening.
As Sgt. Cutting staggers through the hot winds he can be heard coughing from the thick smoke.
He then comes across another deputy with a woman in a wheelchair right next to a house that is burning and lifts her into an SUV to take her away.
For hours overnight 15 Sonoma County deputies tried to get people to safety, dodging flying embers and encroaching flames in the process.