At a press conference held Monday at San Francisco International Airport, first responders from San Francisco's Police and Fire Departments gave firsthand accounts of what they experienced during the rescue efforts immediately following Saturday's crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 that killed two people and injured 182.
Asst. Fire Chief Tom Siragusa
I have never responded to a commercial airplane being down and being involved in fire, and I would venture to say that nobody that was on the scene that day had participated in an event like this.
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Fire Lt. Crissy Emmons
I feel very lucky and blessed that we were able to get those people out in that time.
Fire Lt. Dave Monteverdi
It just seemed surreal, like it wasn't happening.
Fire Rescue Capt. Tony Molloy
I'm very proud of everything that they (firefighters) did and to be associated with them.
Police Lt. Gaetano Caltagirone
As a boss, it was amazing to see that I really didn't need to tell them (officers) much to do. They knew what they had to do. They didn't worry about themselves, they worried about the lives of the people that they needed to save.
Police Officer Jim Cunningham
They were really brave, the crew. They wanted to stay with the plane and make sure everybody was off.