JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Body camera footage released on Tuesday shows how a Jasper County Sheriff's Deputy rescued a 3-year-old girl from a burning house.
On Saturday night, Deputy Cody Downs was first on the scene of the fire that broke out on FM 3414.
Downs took in a lot of smoke and can be heard coughing as he rushes into the house to rescue the girl.
"The visibility in the residence was completely zero," Downs said. "I couldn't see two feet in front of my face."
Luckily, Downs said he had been in the home before and knew the layout to quickly get the child out.
"So I had a general layout based off memory of the actual house, so I knew that the 3-year-old may have been in the back bedroom," Downs said. "I was able to just feel my way by memory and touch where I actually was to get to the back bedroom, and I thank God that whenever I got to that room that's where she was, and by his grace that's exactly where she was."
The deputy is recovering on Tuesday from smoke inhalation and the little girl who was hospitalized has been since released.
"You never know what you are made of until you get there, and he showed very extraordinary willpower will to go in there," said Sheriff Mitchel Newman.
Downs said he was at the right place at the right time to get the child out.
"It definitely not an easy task just to go in," Downs said. "It took a lot of willpower, but I knew that's what I had to do, and I was willing to put my life on the line to make sure that baby was saved."
The Jasper County Sheriff's Office said a suspect has been arrested in connection with leaving the children alone at the home. The suspect's name has not been released yet.