Body cam video shows police officer crawl into burning home to save child

Posted at 7:42 AM, Jul 11, 2019

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio - Cleveland Heights police officers were first to arrive at the scene of a fire on Greyton Road early Saturday morning - and learned from the homeowner that her six-year-old son was trapped inside the smoke-filled home.

Without hesitating, Patrolman Josh Robertson crawled under the heavy smoke and began searching for the child. Investigators said Officer Robertson could not see anything, but he heard the boy moaning and felt his way around until he found the unconscious child and pulled him out of the burning house.

Robertson himself suffered from smoke inhalation from the rescue.

To the relief of the child's family and first responders, the boy began breathing on this own. All involved knew it was a close call. "I couldn't see him, but I was just like looking...yeah...and I just grabbed him by the shirt and I started yanking man," Robertson said.

The boy was taken to Hillcrest Hospital. Because of the quick actions of Patrolman Robertson, he is expected to make a full recovery.