Officer Regan McCarthy and his sergeant arrived to a house fire in Goodyear before any firefighters made it to the scene on Tuesday.
And they arrived not a minute too soon.
"Sounded like small explosions going off in the garage," McCarthy said of the fire near Interstate 10 and Estrella Parkway.
The officers learned there was a teenager who was trapped inside, so they sprinted to the back of the house.
"I could hear the yelling and screaming coming from that direction of the house."
A sliding door was open and those screams coming from the house. The voice was that of an 18-year-old man.
"Voice went quiet for a little while," he said.
McCarthy said there was no choice but to go inside.
"Just kind of held my breath and got a little bit low to try to get through the thickest portion of the smoke."