Mesa Water Employees Help Local Man Escape from Burning Car

Mesa Water District (Mesa Water) water maintenance employees were driving back to the District office on Wednesday, May 18th, when they noticed traffic backing up and a vehicle stalled in the turn lane. They stopped to help direct traffic around a disabled vehicle and ended up saving a local senior from a burning car.

Stryder Huff Ed NunezThe stalled Cadillac sedan was in the left turn lane on Mesa Verde Drive West, turning onto Adams Avenue when Mesa Water crews pulled over to set up cones and direct traffic. Crew leader Eddie Nunez and crew member Stryder Huff noticed a strong gas smell and heard a loud “pop” noise as the car caught fire.

The driver, according to Nunez, wasn’t able to exit the car on his own as the smoke and flames were rising up under the hood, so Huff assisted the man with removing his seatbelt, exiting the vehicle and getting to safety. Clear thinking and quick action helped keep everyone safe, including the other drivers and Nunez and Huff.

“We wanted to make sure he was safe, could find a ride home and had his keys with him so he could get into his house,” said Huff.

Mesa Water’s crew members stayed on scene until Costa Mesa Fire arrived to extinguish the flames.

The Daily Pilot published a story about their efforts on May 19th and the Mesa Water Board of Directors recognized Eddie and Stryder at its mid-year employee recognition event in June.

They claim they were just doing their job. We appreciate their commitment to being good neighbors!