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a reporter under attack. a referee goes down on the mat. >> he headbutted me in the left temple and it was lights out. >> and the next thing you know, we hear something yell, it's going the wrong way. >> a falling tower sends a camera man and others running for cover. a police officer faces an out-of-control chimp. >> are you kidding me? this chimp is going ape on my car. >> they're on the job facing unbelievable situations. >> and all of the sudden i just feel a blast of water hit me. that was it. >> from bizarre --
>> obviously this guy isn't who he says he was. >> to death defying. >> i just wanted to save myself. "caught on camera: occupational hazard." welcome to "caught on camera." i'm contessa brewer. no matter the job, it's bound to have pitfalls. certain careers come with hazards. some are expected, others turn out to be a surprise. in our next hour, we'll meet people faced with incredible situations that happened on the job, like the referee we meet in our first video. he makes a call during a high school wrestling match and then he goes down for the count. for referee bob west, it starts off like any other high school wrestling match. two opponents locked in a fierce battle.
one is pinned. and he doesn't like the call. that's not unusual in a heated sports competition. but watch what happens next. bob west lives in spokane, washington, with his wife and daughter. in 1996, he's caught on camera making a routine call one second -- >> completely blind-sided me. >> knocked unconscious the next. >> it was a wrestling match between colville high school and west valley high school. >> chad hildebrand is on the left in maroon representing colville.
his opponent on the right in black is west valley's josh kelp. >> the hype of the match was pretty extensive. this would determine who the league champion was going to be. i think that both teams were undefeated at that particular point. >> both students are seniors. both weigh 190 pounds. >> it started out very aggressive. some shoving and things that are not unusual for a wrestling match. but didn't raise to the level of penalizing, more of just a verbal warning to keep it clean type of thing. >> at one point, 17-year-old chad hildebrandt appears to gouge the eyes of his competitor. >> i didn't actually see it so i couldn't penalize for it. but after viewing the tape, it was pretty obvious. so it was an aggressive match. >> the aggressive behavior of chad hildebrandt is about to escalate. >> we were in the third period and hildebrandt was on his back. what i'm looking for is to see that both shoulder blades are down for a two-second count. >> when referee bob west sees
the pin, he slaps the floor to end the round. hildebrandt is not happy with the call. >> he jumps up, throws a shoulder against his opponent trying to intimidate him. i step in between the two and put a finger up and tell him, back off, that's enough, that just cost you a team point. as i turned to the coach to notify him that he was penalized a team point, he headbutted me in the left temple and it was lights out. >> west is knocked out cold. >> a paramedic came down on the mat immediately and said that my eyes are rolled back in my head and i quit breathing for ten seconds. >> it's several agonizing minutes for spectators as paramedics attend to west. then finally, he comes to. >> i remember turning to the coach and then i don't remember anything after that until being raised up off the mat. >> west is eventually helped to his feet and the crowd cheers.
>> i just remember a bunch of people around me and then they escorted me back in the principal's office. >> west leaves the gymnasium and then -- >> the match was stopped. it was called. i couldn't continue. >> west doesn't appear to be injured at first. but looks are deceiving. >> i had some intense headaches. the next morning, went to the emergency room and they said that i had a concussion. >> west also has a broken rib. >> if you look at the tape, it shows him not only did he head butt me, but he actually pushed at the same time, accelerating the force backward which i think caused the broken rib. >> soon after the assault, the video goes public. >> i got hundreds of e-mails after the event happened. people saw it on video. i think this is probably the first time that they've actually caught that type of assault on video, and there was a lot of
outrage. it was a rallying cry for sports officials. >> hildebrandt is convicted of fourth-degree assault and sentenced to 30 days in jail, a year of probation and 100 hours of community service. the 1996 wrestling match is not the last time chad hildebrandt will have a run-in with the law. in 1997, he's charged and later convicted of vehicular assault. west, who works in law enforcement, tries to visit hildebrandt in jail. >> tried to contact him. he refused to see me. >> 12 years later, in april 2008, hildebrandt makes news again when he's arrested, charged with felony domestic violence against his wife. he pleads guilty and serves 27 months in prison. meanwhile, west says he will never forget that day in 1996 when chad hildebrandt changed his life. >> to date, i've had two neck
surgeries, still have headaches and a lot of bad memories. >> west hopes no other referee will ever have to endure this kind of occupational hazard. >> for the most part, most officials are out there for the love of the game. and the last thing that they would expect is to be assaulted. >> an implosion turns to disaster. and it's one huge occupational hazard for a photographer. >> your life was flashing before your eyes. >> it's november 2010 and the countdown begins. >> nine, eight -- >> a smokestack is set to implode.
samantha summers, a reporter with :the springfield news sun" in ohio. her colleague, marshall gorby, is a photographer and videographer. the two are assigned to cover the implosion story. >> they are normally kind of cut and dry, you show up and you know what to expect. >> kind of like a christmas present for us. we were eager to get there and shoot something like that. >> there was about 25 people, 25 to 30 people assembled. it was mostly media, tv and newspapers. >> everyone is a few hundred feet from where the tower is supposed to fall, including the children seen here. >> the demolition company tours the country doing large scale demolitions with their children in tow. >> i think other stations didn't want them in front of the camera because they wanted to see the tower fall, and i didn't mind. so they started counting. >> two, one! >> next thing you know, you heard a little poof-poof. then they're kind of standing there looking at it. >> you kind of pause as you're waiting for the next round of charges. >> you hear another little poof. >> he started to see it teeter. >> the next thing you know, you hear somebody yell it's going the wrong way. >> it started to lean more
dramatically to the south, which was the wrong direction. >> then one little girl takes off running like a rabbit and i guess that should have been my first clue. she was smart enough to run. i just wasn't that smart. >> but there's an even greater danger that samantha and marshall haven't seen. >> electric company suddenly realized we were all standing underneath the power lines, and started screaming for everyone to get back. >> get out of there! get out of there! >> amazingly, marshall's not thinking about himself, but his camera. >> i had my camera set up for it to fall right, and it was going left. so i took the time to turn my cameras the littlest bit. >> i turned around and just took off running. >> the tower comes crashing down on a power station and snaps electrical lines. >> and as it hit, i saw explosions and then i saw lines falling. i felt something scrape my arm and that's when i realized i was probably not in a good spot.
>> that something is a power line. luckily for marshall, it's a dead wire. >> and you could hear the impact of the tower finally hitting the ground, and i turned around and looked over my shoulder and you could just see dust billowing up. >> fortunately for everyone involved, there are no injuries. >> it's a miracle that nobody was hurt. >> those power lines were flying through the air. if people hadn't moved, they easily could have been injured. >> when marshall reviews his video for the first time, he's stunned. >> looking at the video, i said my god, i said i had no idea i was that close. >> so what went wrong with the demolition? why did the tower fall in the wrong direction? samantha starts making calls. >> the demolition crews at the scene declined to talk with us. later that evening i was able to get the company on the phone and what they believe happened is that there was an undetected crack in the tower and they believe the structural integrity of it was weaker than they thought. >> marshall says at the end of
the day, he's relieved he was able to keep his wits about him during the ordeal. >> i think i was smart enough to move my camera so you could see the whole thing happen. it's incredible video. it's gone all over the country and even the world. it's kind of like catching a little piece of history. coming up, a reporter's investigation turns into an all-out brawl. and later, news anchors duped. >> we never had a guess that wasn't legit. >> wait until you see this. yo-yo champ? when "caught on camera: occupational hazard" continues. black [ amy ] when you're tossing and turning and can't sleep an ounce,
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>> a store owner in a fit of rage. >> standing in front of my [ bleep ] door. >> a television reporter physically attacked. >> whoa, what you going to hit me? you going to hit me? get the [ bleep ] out of here. >> then the arrival of police. >> [ bleep ] you. >> february 2007. toronto, canada. peter silverman is city tv's consumer reporter. he goes to confront local optician adam plimer about claims of shady dealings with sunglasses. >> a guy sent us an e-mail saying that he bought these oakley glasses, frames, from plimer. he had broken them, which he felt was a bit unusual because oakley had a reputation of being unbreakable. >> so silverman sends the glasses in question off to oakley. >> they said these are not our frames. >> he later gets a complaint about some gucci frames from
plimer's shop as well. >> they definitely reported back to us that no, these are phony, that they were counterfeit. >> plimer denies that accusation and before this february 2007 attack, silverman has several conversations with plimer both on the phone and face-to-face. >> he refused to acknowledge what he was doing all the way down the pike. >> then one morning, silverman says he receives an unusual call from plimer. >> we got that famous phone call in the morning of saying that he had found god, he found religion, he was going to pay restitution, he wanted to talk to me. >> silverman arrives at adam plimer's optical store and is blindsided by what follows. >> oh, i'm sorry. did i hit you? >> he opens it up and just slams it in my face. >> oh, i'm sorry. >> then he grabs the papers out of my arm and starts whacking me with those. >> what, you going to hit me?
you going to hit me? >> it just escalated. >> plimer even spits on silverman. >> every time he comes out he seems a little more enraged. >> at one point, silverman tries to keep plimer inside his store hoping he'll calm down. >> i didn't want him to get out on the street because i was worried that he might really lose it. the real issue was i didn't want to get into a brawl with this guy, because as a reporter, there is a line, but i didn't think i was at a point where this guy was going to try to really kill me. and then he makes a big mistake. he starts throwing snowballs at a commission inspector standing on the corner. >> he also takes a shot at silverman's cameraman. the inspector immediately calls the cops. seeing the police enrages plimer even more. >> when they go to get him, he
slams the door in their face. then he barricades himself inside. >> then the emergency task force is called in. canada's version of the s.w.a.t. team. >> the etf has to be deployed because you could have a hostage situation. who knows what he's got inside there. >> cops tell plimer that he can come out the easy way or the hard way. >> plimer took about 30 or 40 seconds and said okay, he's coming out. so he came out and snatch, they grabbed him and cuffed him and took him off in a car. >> just as quickly, the video makes its way to the television air waves and beyond. >> a tv reporter's run-in with a store owner has led to criminal charges in canada. take a look at this. >> it hit youtube and apparently got hundreds of thousands of hits. i was kind of flattered by the fact that people were viewing this all over the world. >> in november 2008, plimer is convicted of assaulting silverman and his cameraman.
he's ordered to undergo psychological counseling. plimer is never charged with selling counterfeit goods but his business soon folds. silverman says bringing down adam plimer was never his intention. >> my goal was restitution, that he would refund the money to the people who bought the phony or counterfeit frames. i really didn't want plimer to be led away in handcuffs. that wasn't the object of the exercise. he went overboard and ended up in the situation where he ended up in court. which is a shame. >> if you thought that canadian reporter had a tough day on the job, check this out. an out-of-control car crashes through the window of a building in pennsylvania. it may seem like your typical vehicle gone astray but it's not. the guy inside this car is
taking his driving test and an employee for the department of motor vehicles is living out an occupational hazard nightmare. 34-year-old robert keller pulls up to park after completing his road test. he goes to hit the brake, but instead hits the gas pedal. the car races forward, smashing through the glass as it enters the building. people inside the dmv scatter and two suffer minor injuries. ultimately, keller's okay. so is the dmv employee in the car with him. keller did, however, fail his driver's test. coming up, a real yo-yo. >> everybody in the studio was just looking at each other like, what just happened? >> and later, a state trooper takes a terrible tumble. when "caught on camera: occupational hazard" continues.
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>> i'm here with a big-time yo-yo champion from the appleton area. >> he even has a cool nickname. >> good morning, thanks for coming on. >> but these television anchors are about to find out the only yo-yo in this group is k. strass himself. >> you all right? >> i'm here with lisa mallick, the host of "sunday morning" in green bay, wisconsin. yo-yo champion kenny strasser or k. strass is booked on the show in april 2010. >> well, i have been all around doing my yo-yo tricks. >> there's only one problem. the champ arrives with his yo-yo but says he can't use it. >> we had a little miscommunication. we're not going to get a lesson but that's all right. >> i would have brought, had i known -- >> that's okay. >> i thought it was a sit-down interview. i had this greased yesterday so it takes about 48 for it to set. >> without any yo-yos for
tricks, the interview goes from strange -- >> you also do some juggling and other things for your act, right? >> i don't know why he puts that in there because i don't -- i don't juggle. >> to downright bizarre. >> i do one where it's all of my fingers. i shoot out with the left hand first. i'm not yo-yoing, but i'm whirling them. then i do the right hand. and it gets going. it makes a loud whirring or buzzing sound. >> too bad the good folks outside kansas city, missouri, missed that show. just a month later, they, too, will endure the kenny strasser experience. >> thanks for coming on. >> may 2010. kyle martin and arion jenkins are the anchors and producers of "hometown this morning." >> we kind of have a lot of freedom doing the morning show. it was a lot of fun. >> we are limited to so many resources. >> so when a yo-yo champion passes through the area, pitches himself to the show, they jump on it. >> i do remember e-mails that were going back and forth
through kyle and i with the company zip -- zim-zam productions. we thought it was a legitimate company. >> but when k. strass shows up on the set, the red flags start flying. >> he comes walking down the stairs getting ready to go on and i saw him and i was like his outfit. >> i'll never forget that yellow hat. those green shorts. the suspenders. >> not only is the outfit outlandish, but so is k. strass. >> so we went on the air and i thought he was for real. >> in the whole 2 1/2 years that i did the morning show, we never had a guest that wasn't legit. >> yeah. you know, i go around, i have been teaching kids about the environment. actually, i have only been in one school so far and i'll be honest, it didn't go so hot. in fact, it was literally a major disaster. >> he started kind of going off on another tangent about how the
kids weren't cooperating at a school he was at. >> then he started about spankings and beatings. >> i come from a home that believed in spanking, okay? so when i was being bad, you know, daddy would get a switch or a belt and i would get it and i would get it good. >> but we wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt so that's why we let him go on and proceed with his interview. >> k. strass has another surprise in store. he announces his so-called sponsor, zim-zam productions, has fired him. >> i kind of have breaking news. this may literally be the last time you see me in this shirt. they are going in a different direction, and it's a direction without me, and am i angry about this? yes, i am. >> yeah, that was another thing but what do you do when you're in a live segment? say i'm sorry, we're going to go to commercial break now? >> it's time for k. strass to show off champion yo-yo tricks
but as you'll see, he's somewhat lacking in the skills department. >> then he said he had a trick named after the station. go ahead and show the yo-yo move. >> you have the up and down. >> pretty basic. >> then -- oh. >> you all right? >> yeah. >> then he hits himself in the face with the yo-yo. i wanted to fall out laughing literally on the set. >> i was speechless. the first time as a reporter or anchor i didn't have something to ask or say. >> k. strass tries the trick again and this time, the anchors get out of the way. >> my first one was -- >> the up and down is a basic move. that's pretty basic. don't hurt yourself. >> at that moment, i was like all right, we have to wrap this interview up because obviously, this guy isn't who he says he was. >> all right. well, we're going to take a quick break. >> literally, everybody in the studio was just looking at each
other like what just happened? that was the end of k. strass until everything started popping up on youtube. >> k. strass' shenanigans take on a whole new life on the internet. >> i was getting e-mails from people in australia and overseas saying they had seen it. >> then when we found out he had been doing this to other stations in the midwest, that's when we were like it was the gotcha moment. >> it's just yo-yo. >> okay. >> the big question is why did he do it? and the answer, no one knows. we contacted zim-zam productions but got no reply. seems k. strass has disappeared, sort of. >> maybe he wanted to get noticed. maybe we were just the ladder of getting him there and obviously it worked. >> that brings us to the nbc hit comedy series "the office." in october 2010, actor rayne wilson's character hires an assistant named nate.
hm. look familiar? >> i would definitely say that's the same guy. >> the man playing nate on "the office" is an actor. he never admitted to being kenny strasser but several internet reports claim he's one and the same. maybe one day we'll learn the truth about k. strass. until then, tv stations, be warned. coming up -- >> i'm just thinking, how long is this going to go on? >> a police officer has a close encounter within an out-of-control chimp. and later, firefighters rush to save one of their own. when "caught on camera: occupational hazard" continues. . say helto home defense max. kills bugs inside and prevents new ones for up to a year. ortho home defense max. get order. get ortho®.
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at the san francisco air base. it was a biplane that crashed, no word yet on that pilot's condition. mean ringling brother circus performers were hurt today. two of those performers are in critical condition. what caused the rig to fall is still under investigation. back to "caught on camera". welcome back to "caught on camera." i'm contessa brewer. so far we've seen a few different kinds of occupational hazards. certainly one of the most dangerous jobs is that of a police officer. cops never know what to expect when they arrive on a scene, and you're about to see two officers who learned that the hard way. a wild animal's on the loose, terrorizing a neighborhood. >> he opens it up and starts doing this. >> and becoming an occupational hazard for one unfortunate cop. >> i'm just thinking how long's this going to go on? >> october 2010.
suko the chimp, or sue as she's called, escapes from her owner and is making all kinds of trouble around a kansas city neighborhood. >> he opens up the door and he's like there. he's a smart monkey, starts smiling, laughing, pointing at us, ha-ha. >> the chimpanzee comes out of nowhere and i'm just thinking get to the house. >> sergeant john bloomquist is on routine patrol when he gets the strange call. >> when i rounded the corner, there were a couple of work trucks out there. i think they were stunned. they were watching this chimp going around. >> neighbors record the action as the 300 pound chimp has a field day. >> came up, jumped up on top of my explorer, looked through the window, got on top, started punching the sunroof. >> bloomquist must now figure out his next move. >> the last thing i want to do is shoot the chimp. i know they can be dangerous animals. they have five times the strength of a human. >> that point was proven in
february 2009, when a chimpanzee got loose from a connecticut home and attacked the owner's friend, horribly disfiguring her. >> he's killing my friend! >> who's killing your friend? >> my chimp. my chimpanzee! >> well, i'm not an expert, but to me, it did not appear that he was being aggressive. >> still, bloomquist knows he has to get sue under control. >> our job is to, you know, protect people, protect property. >> little does he know, the chimpanzee is nowhere near ready to call it a day. >> and i yelled for the animal control guy to get into my passenger side of the car, and i said we'll zip down the street here and we'll -- you try and get a shot at the chimp. and we'll go from there. >> they hope to tranquilize the chimp but sue spots the police car and decides to kick play time into high gear. the dash cam inside bloomquist's car records her as she pushes a trash bin down the street.
but what happens next surprises even bloomquist. >> so about that time is when the chimp saw us and then proceeded to jump up on the hood, started banging on the roof of the car, and i had somebody ask me, you know, what was the animal control guy doing. i said are you kidding me? do you really think i'm watching the animal control guy's face while this chimp's going ape on my car? >> sue then proves to everyone she's not monkeying around. >> then the next thing i know, he jumps off, jumps back on to the hood and he karate kicks the windshield twice and it breaks. >> after breaking the windshield, sue decides she's had enough fun and wanders off. >> we exited the police car. we had other officers that were arriving at that time and we then began to follow the chimp. >> sue heads for the trees. animal control fires a tranquilizer at her.
but misses. soon after, the chimp spots her owner's van. >> i opened the doors of the van or the chimp went inside the van. >> that's where runaround sue's adventure ends, for now. >> it all ended well. very well. except for the car. >> the chimp's tirade on the squad car cost the kansas city police department about $2,000 and it cost sergeant bloomquist a little policeman pride. >> what i'm dealing with now are names like monkey boy, gorilla boy, johnny b., king of the jungle, which honestly, i kind of like that one, or bubbles bloomquist. >> sue gets a new home after her owner is cited for keeping a wild animal within city limits. >> sue has been transferred to the kansas city zoo. >> the kansas city zoo has one of the largest primate habitats in north america. sue will eventually join the chimpanzee troop. looking back, sergeant bloomquist says the incident is
a little funny, but it could have had an entirely different outcome. >> if his fist or his leg would have come through there, i think at that point something a little more serious might have happened. >> for police, dealing with a chimp is an unusual occurrence. but dealing with speeding cars, that's an everyday hazard. this state trooper is about to meet his hazard head-on. it's june, 2005, and tennessee state trooper rodney redman is working a crash investigation. he's about to become part of another one. >> i heard tire squealing on an suv and saw a gray suv coming toward me and i tried to get out of its way. >> but redman can't respond quickly enough. >> i got about one step and the vehicle struck me and flipped me in the air.
>> he hits the highway hard and knows he's in trouble. >> i said if i don't get up, get out of here, i'm going to get run over again. and i stood up and stumbled back over to the guardrail. from the time i heard the tires squeal to the time i got to the guardrail was 11 seconds. it seemed like an eternity. >> it's nothing short of a miracle that redman sustains only minor injuries. >> i felt no pain through all of it until i got to the side of the road and i thought i had broken my ankle. >> his ankle is fine but when he collides with the concrete, redman gets a massive cut on his forehead. as for the suv that struck him -- >> three young people that were in the car, they were from pennsylvania and the vehicle was found 21 hits lsd and 20 bags of mushrooms. no one admitted to it. they were all charged with it. they were arrested and
transported to the louden county jail. >> it's not until the next day that redman realizes there's video of his terrifying accident. >> there was another trooper that was close by that i called for assistance to help with traffic control. it's his video that caught it on tape. i was shocked by what i saw. it wasn't me. it was somebody else. it was like a stunt man in a movie. i don't know that i will ever accept and truly believe that that was me. >> redman's laughing now, but he's constantly reminded of that day in june 2005. >> i hurt still every day. the doctors can't find anything wrong with my hips or why my hips would hurt but my hips still hurt every day. >> redman also says the fear still lives with him that something like this could happen again. >> even today, i still have fear of getting back out on to the highway or being struck again. but it's part of the job. i have to.
coming up, a firefighter's life hangs in the balance. >> i was burning up. they needed to get a ladder to me. >> and later -- >> i hear this sound. i couldn't tell what it was. >> he's about to find out. when "caught on camera: occupational hazard" continues. s with brand-new versions. we put members first. join the nation. ♪ nationwide is on your side ♪ other things, you don't. [ female announcer ] charmin ultra soft is so soft you can actually see the softness with our comfort cushions. plus you can use up to four times less. enjoy the go with charmin ultra soft.
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>> january 2010. a two-story home in the town of randolph, new jersey is on fire and it's a life or death call. >> when they called us, they told us it was a house fire with people possibly trapped in the structure. >> alan bell, jr. is an 11-year veteran of the dover volunteer fire department. his colleague, louis morales with the randolph fire department is also on the scene. >> we saw a lot of smoke coming from the first floor and lot of smoke coming from the second floor, in the front of the house. >> morales learns a woman is trapped on the second floor. he and his team quickly assess the situation. >> when i arrived, i just saw the randolph fire department on scene establishing water supply and trying to get into the building to be able to make a rescue of the victim that was reportedly trapped.
>> shortly after arriving, alan bell pulls out a brand new gadget, a helmet camera, giving a rare glimpse of what firefighting is like up close. >> i got it for christmas of 2009 so probably about six weeks before this fire. that was the first time i actually used the camera. >> because of a change in regulations, it's the first and only time bell will use his camera on scene. he turns it on and goes about his job for the day. >> we are initially what they called a rapid intervention team to extract firefighters if they get lost or injured. >> morales is part of another team, one that will enter the burning home. >> we started to go into the front of the house. we noticed that there was -- all the entrances were blocked in. >> the firefighters then moved to the back of the house, hoping they have better access to the trapped woman. >> i was just thinking of getting this lady out. the first priority was to get this person out and get her to safety.
>> she was in this window right here. if we can get this up to the roof. >> morales makes his way inside. >> a lot of smoke, very black, dark smoke. we could see some flames seeping through the first floor going into the second floor. the room got bright real quick and started getting really, really hot. i've been in prior fires, and i have never experienced the type of heat i experienced that day. >> meanwhile, outside at the back of the house, alan bell is assisting other firefighters. >> we were making entry and climbing up on the roof, and there was a ladder extended there. >> but suddenly, louis morales signals he's in trouble. >> police officer went by and i yelled at him that i was burning up, that they needed to get a ladder to me. >> couple other guys went up to the top of the ladder and i stayed down there.
when the police officers and a couple other people started screaming for a ladder. >> we need a ladder now! >> i grabbed the ladder and me and another guy, we ran around the side. >> what bell then captures on his helmet cam is unreal. he reaches the side of the house and sees morales hanging out of the window. >> i do remember seeing lots of people coming towards me, police officers, firefighters. we don't always run into this. we train for it, but you don't expect it to happen. >> i recognized at that point when i was coming out of the window that it was firefighter alan bell that was on the scene, i felt really glad that he was there. >> bell and the others raced to get a ladder up to morales, and they don't have a moment to spare. >> i got to be honest with you, once i started to come out the window, i was really exhausted. >> being that he was outside,
able to breathe, i knew it was better than being inside and stuck in there. >> the plan is for morales to bail out of the window head-first, and work his way down the ladder. >> got to try and get him down safe so he doesn't get hurt. >> due to the amount of heat, my legs gave out from under me and i rolled down the ladder. >> he just fell. we just tried to do what we could to break his fall so that he wouldn't fall on his neck. >> i remember hitting my head really hard, and that's when i went unconscious and i don't remember anything from there. >> mayday. firefighter down. >> fellow firefighters drag morales to safety. fortunately, his injuries are considered minor. >> i was knocked unconscious, had a head concussion. >> morales is lucky. sadly, the fire claims the life of the woman trapped inside. >> she tried to come out of the room and she obviously couldn't make it because the fire and smoke caught up to her.
>> it's not until alan bell is able to catch his breath that he remembers he's wearing a camera on his helmet. >> once you settle down and all your adrenaline's over, then is when i realized i think i was filming all this. >> the first time i watched it, it was scary, you know, because you see yourself going through this. this is not a good experience. >> both firefighters hope others can learn from the video captured by alan bell's helmet camera. >> my primary goal of the video was to use for training. and that we all should train for the highest level possible. you can see what happens. it's all on camera. >> mayday. firefighter down. >> coming up, h2 -- whoa! >> all of a sudden i feel the blast of water hit me and that was it. >> i think the sprinklers came on. >> when "caught on camera: occupational hazard" continues.
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when you're a television reporter, going live, you learn to prepare for anything. >> brandon lewis joins us live. >> occupational hazards can be lurking anywhere. >> most tested fuel additive in the history of the epa. >> even underneath your feet. brandon lewis is a reporter at wndu in south bend, indiana. but in his very first tv job at komu in missouri, not only is he wet behind the ears but just about everywhere else, too. it's june 2009. brandon is live reporting on ethanol in gasoline. >> my photographer was late that day so they told me to take the truck out to the location and set up the live shot so we decided to go to the gas station for the morning show, and just
use that as a backdrop for our story. the truck was in the parking lot and i was standing in a field between the gas station and bank. >> before going live, brandon and his photographer look around for obstacles. >> we always check for live wires, any sort of dangerous items and also things like sprinklers. >> but it's nearly 5:00 a.m. and pitch black outside. >> i couldn't see them because they were in-ground sprinklers that shoot out from the ground. they tossed to me like usual and i started saying the news, this is the news about ethanol. >> look over brandon's shoulder. the sprinklers turn on just seconds into his live shot. >> eventually i hear this sound, i couldn't tell what it was. will not harm emissions or harm engines. i really didn't think anything of it until i started hearing this tick, tick, tick, tick just start coming closer and closer and closer to me. i started hearing water. i assume it's the sprinklers but i couldn't tell where it was coming from. >> brandon's about to find out. live on television. >> all of a sudden, i just feel
the blast of water hit me. that was it. >> in the history of the epa, car concerns aside, researchers -- >> like a trouper, brandon doesn't let a little water get in the way of his story. >> i'm like i got to keep doing what i'm doing. i don't have a choice. i have to keep telling the news, regardless. maybe it will just hit me once and that's it and i can get out of this. at this point, i know i can't toss back to the studio because while i'm doing my part, the anchors are shifting to different parts of the set, the crew isn't ready. it's just me on air and i just took that step back just to try and get out of the stream of water, and then it came around a second time. >> while brandon's trying to keep his composure, his cameraman is scrambling. >> that's why the camera goes up and down, he's taking the camera back to try and protect the equipment. i'm sitting there trying to maintain composure and read the news and find out what's going on. >> when brandon finally tosses back to the studio, all bets are off.
>> brandon, you are a dedicated reporter. >> of course, brandon's station puts his morning shower online. >> our new media director comes in, sees the live shot and instantly it's online. >> i think the sprinklers came on. >> brandon's video goes viral. >> i could not believe the response that it got from people. i was in chicago the weekend after it happened and i'm in the line to get my ticket for the train and a woman comes up to me and says aren't you that guy from the sprinkler video? >> i'm a little wet but it's okay. >> it just goes to show you that no matter the job, there's bound to be a hazard hidden or otherwise. >> oh, i'm sorry, did i hit you? >> so if your job has you beaten up -- >> get out of there! >> -- knocked down -- dealing with irrational types or complete yo-yos, has you hitting
a wall or has you run down, then you only have to look to the spanish for a little relief. believe it or not, this is spain's first national siesta championship. the country was once famous for shutting down in the afternoon so people could get a little shut-eye. now people spend the time shopping or working, not sleeping, so the competition hopes to bring back one of spain's oldest traditions by finding the country's best napper. the siesta is limited to 20 minutes but points are awarded for duration of sleep, unusual positions and even eye-catching pjs. after all, the only hazard here is not wanting to wake up. as the hard-working folks in this hour have shown us, even an everyday task or situation can turn into one tough day on the job. i'm contessa brewer. that's all for this edition of "caught on camera."
oh, my god! >> a man pinned under a flaming gas tank. >> don't let me burn. don't let me die. >> a stalled plane drops from the sky. >> started diving. holy crap. >> everything goes blank after that. a little girl stumbles on the edge of a cliff. >> oh, my god! a family's roof gone with the wind. >> it sounded like an explosion. >> whoa! one bungee jumper's cord wraps around his neck. >> i saw my life flash before my eyes. >> another's snaps. slamming him into the water. >> i was the most scared i've ever been in my life. inches away from disaster,