LOS ANGELES – Members of Los Angeles County Urban Search and Rescue teams who flew to earthquake-ravaged Turkey this week helped pull a woman and her son out of a collapsed building alive, authorities said Saturday.
We can hear a woman’s voice in the rubble in Turkey. She has a baby. Trying to get to her now. @LASDHQ pic.twitter.com/nFkRvENj2n— Mike Leum (@Resqman) February 11, 2023
Representatives from the sheriff’s and Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue teams were involved when the 52-year-old woman and her 18-year-old son were freed from the building that collapsed following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake.
Trey Esby of the L.A. County contingent is a leader of a U.S. Agency for International Development team that was part of a task force that includes firefighters, paramedics, structural engineers, physicians and dog teams. He told ABC7 “When you pull someone out alive, it’s a real morale booster to our team.” Esby added: “We train year around and we do some very technical trainings for moments just like this.”