LA County Firefighters Help Rescue Teen in Nepal

Los Angeles County Firefighters are mighty proud of some of their own. Rescuers who were part of a USA-Aid team that helped pull to safety a trapped 15-year-old boy in earthquake-ravaged Nepal. There were 16 of our rescuers to assist the ones from Nepal in what was clearly a very dicey rescue.

In video from Reuters you can hear a USA-Aid rescuer from Virginia say to others, "He's entrapped by a little piece of corrugated roofing material that's on him."

That rescuer knows what's ahead is a delicate operation. In front of him is a collapsed seven-story building that was shaken to the ground by the 7.8 quake five days earlier.

Trapped in the rubble a boy identified as Pemba.

"He's got space," says the rescuer from Virginia, "He's free enough. He apparently doesn't have any weight on him."

They could see him with their underground camera attached to the end of a long pole. It also helps them see what obstacles might be around the victim as they try to pull him out.

Inspector Chris Reade, at LA County Fire Headquarters, says this was one of those "walking-on-eggshells" situations. "They didn't want to move any of the rubble," says Reade, "because you don't want that to shift" and potentially cause worse problems for the victim below. Especially, if there are aftershocks. More people could get trapped, or worse, someone could be killed.

The rescue effort was a great success. So much so, that people cheering and jumping in the air.

As for Pemba, "Our doctor, as well as our paramedics, provided care for that person right there on scene," says Reade, "and they stayed by his side all the way to the hospital."

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