Body Cam Footage Shows Firefighter Making What Could Have Been His Last Rescue

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Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Parmley captured a life-threatening rescue on his body cam on Nov. 8 as he maneuvered through the depths of the flaming wildfires in California to rescue four nurses encompassed in the flames.

Parmley was driving down Pentz Road in Paradise, California, to find four nurses at Feather River Hospital when his car broke down and he was forced to make the evacuation on foot, the sheriff’s department told ABC News.

As the flames grew stronger and smoke and debris filled the air, Parmley said he couldn’t see more than 10 yards in front of him. He turned his body cam on, figuring he’d capture the last moments of his life.

The sound of flames and sparks splashing around are heard on the footage as figures begin to appear in the distance.

Parmley’s breathing grows heavier as his journey continues.

“Are they coming for us?” a woman is heard saying.


A bulldozer’s engine rumbles in the distance before the headlights break through the smog, and Parmley ushers the evacuees inside. (RELATED: ‘Oh My God’: Woman Captures Hair-Raising Video As She Flees California Wildfire)

At least 87 people died in the Camp Fire wildfire while hundreds are still missing. The wildfire was pronounced contained on Nov. 25.

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