PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A Peoria police officer is credited for rescuing a man after he jumped from a second-story balcony from a burning home Friday morning. According to Sgt. Brandon Sheffert, police got a call about someone screaming for help in the area of Lake Pleasant and Westwing parkways around 4 a.m.
"Alright, I'm gonna catch you!" Officer Kyle Trouton yelled up to the man. Video of the exchange was captured on Trouton's body camera. "I got you! Just land on me, bro! You're good!" The video then shows the man landing in front of Trouton, and they both start making their way out of the backyard.
The fire started around 4:00 a.m. Next-door neighbor Aaron Wax called 911. "[I] looked up and saw smoke coming from both sides -- the front, and the rear -- of his house," he said.
Through all the flames, he could hear his neighbor calling for help. "I was running around yelling his name. He was calling again and I heard him and saw him up on the balcony," Wax said.
Officer Trouton arrived before firefighters, and Wax was there to tell him where to go. "We told him -- we pointed right where he was. The guy bolted, went right into the backyard through the side gate," Wax said.
There was a lot of stuff in the yard Trouton had to make his way through, but he finally got to the spot just below where the man was hanging, waiting for help. That's when he told him to go ahead and land on him.
The Peoria Police Department shared its pride in Officer Trout, both for his good catch and his quick thinking. "He didn't even hesitate. He remained calm, went back there and did what he needed to do," said Sgt. Sheffert. "He's not a big guy. I don't know how big the other guy was, but he was willing to do what it took to get that guy to safety."
"It's amazing seeing someone being willing to catch someone in a moment like that," Wax said.
Trouton himself was modest about the incident, and declined an on-camera interview. "I didn't really do anything. I was just at the right place at the right time," he said when Arizona's Family asked him to comment on the rescue.
Police say no one was hurt in the fire. The cause of the fire has not yet been released.