WA Police release dramatic bodycam footage showing officers bravely rescue boy from burning South Hedland property

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VideoThe officers rushed to the scene where they rescued an 8-year-old boy trapped inside the blaze.

Police have released confronting body-cam footage of the desperate moment police officers pulled an eight-year-old boy from a burning home in South Hedland on March 27.

Arriving to panicked bystanders informing them a child was inside a burning Godrick Place home about 1.30am, two officers run to the side window and smash the glass.

Filled with heavy smoke, officers call through the window for the child, they are told is named Liam, to yell out.

“We’ve got a child inside the house apparently,” one officer called over his radio for back up.

“Liam, call out. Liam where are you.”

The officers and family members surround the home as flames engulf the front of the building, desperate for an entrance to find the child.

Incredible bodycam footage has captured the moment police bravely rescued a young boy from a burning property.
Camera IconIncredible bodycam footage has captured the moment police bravely rescued a young boy from a burning property. Credit: WA Police/supplied

“Whereabouts… Where’s the kids?” one officer yelled at bystanders before telling them multiple times to back away from the house.

“Back off, back off, back off. Go check, go out the front and check.”

Eventually they could see the child laying on the floor inside, not moving.

In just minutes, the officers darted towards what appears to be the rear of the property where one dragged Liam out.

The two officers carry the boy to the front of the house and call for “urgent assistance” for the “unresponsive” boy.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson today commended the quick actions of the officers today labelling those involved as “very brave”.

There was a lot of trauma and drama happening at the time.

“There was a lot of trauma and drama happening at the time,” he told media on Wednesday.

“We were able to actually capture the actions that these very brave officers took by breaking into the home while the house was on fire.

“They were able to find and recover an eight-year-old boy named Liam, he was carried by the officers out to the front roadway, he was able to be revived.

“A great story, he’s been able to return to good health and he’s made a full recovery.”

South Hedland man William Clayton Dwayne Eaton, 18, has been charged with criminal damage by fire and acts or omission causing bodily harm or danger over the blaze.

He appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court via video link on March 29, where he was remanded in custody until his next appearance in South Hedland on May 11.

The boy suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to a local hospital where he has since recovered.

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