On the night of Jan. 16, 2017, while patrolling the streets of the City of Lancaster, Deputies Russ Williams and Alberto Rodriguez received a call for service of a single-vehicle traffic collision.
When they arrived, they found a vehicle on fire, with two occupants trapped inside. The victims had significant injuries, one with a broken back (later discovered with internal injuries) and the second occupant with a compound leg fracture.
Even though the car was on fire, Deputies Williams and Rodriguez paid no mind to their own safety, battled the flames and pulled both occupants out of the vehicle.
Within 60 seconds of pulling the second occupant out, the car was fully engulfed.
On June 8, 2019, depities Williams and Rodriguez were presented with the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs — ALADS Life Saving Award.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Garcia of Station 135 said the deputies undoubtedly saved the lives of both occupants.