Officer hailed for fire rescue

Auburn Police’s Forman pulled man from flames
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Auburn Police hailed one of their own for a rescue of a man on fire this week. On Thursday, Auburn Police posted a description of Officer Chris Forman’s Tuesday rescue of a man he found inside a vegetation fire on westbound Interstate 80 near the Russell Road exit. A call of a possible vegetation fire came into Auburn Police dispatch at about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to the department’s post on Facebook. Forman, the Auburn Fire Department and Cal Fire responded. Forman was reportedly the first on the scene. The officer, who has previous firefighting experience, climbed a cyclone fence with a fire extinguisher to knock back enough flames to pull the man out of the fire, the post stated. Forman then called for an ambulance. The man had third degree burns covering half his body but was conscious when taken via ambulance to the University of California, Davis burn center, according to the post. Fire Chief Mark D’Ambrogi told the Journal in an earlier report that the fire was apparently at a transient camp. On Thursday, the post included praise for Forman’s actions. “Thanks to Officer Forman’s quick response and training, a life was saved,” the post stated. “Thank you Chris for risking your own life to save anther’s.” ~ Staff report