Members of LA County teams help pull woman and son alive from collapsed building in Turkey

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.

#LASD Search and Rescue (SAR) Team has been deployed to Turkey to assist in high-risk rescues following a 7.8M earthquake.

We were honored to be a part of the live rescue operation of a 52 year-old mother and her 18 year-old son.

There is more work to be done.

— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) February 12, 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 Monday’s 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.

“When you pull someone out alive, it’s a real morale booster to our team,” he told ABC7.

Esby added: “We train year around and we do some very technical trainings for moments just like this.”

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