SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A United States Marine is being hailed a hero for helping a boy escape a fire burning in a Sacramento apartment.

The fire happened early this morning in the 9000 block of Casals Street.

The marine, 22-year-old Ruben Guerrero, had been celebrating his return home from Afghanistan with friends when he heard someone yelling.

He tried to break through the front door of the apartment but couldn’t get in so he went around the back and found an 8-year-old boy trying to climb out of a broken back window. Guerrero was able to pull the boy to safety.

“We don’t think, we just do. We protect our brothers. We protect everybody. I was just trying to protect the people here,” said Guerrero. “I don’t want anybody to lose their life.”

The boy suffered some cuts from broken glass.

When firefighters arrived, they were able to break down the front door and found the boy’s father and brother unconscious. Both were taken to the hospital where they are listed in critical condition.

Firefighters say flames started in the kitchen, but they’re investigating exactly what sparked fire.

Comments (10)
  1. Brian Pertl says:

    My Nephew.. imm very Proud of him!

  2. Audrey Abaya says:

    My cousin a Hero where evere he goes!! We love you and are so proud of you!!

  3. Karen A. says:


  4. Kristina says:

    🙂 That’s My Bro!!….He Truly Is A Hero!!!!
    Were So Proud Of Him & Love Him So Much!! XOXOXOXOXOXO

    1. Renee says:

      I am trying to get him a Resolution from his State Senator for his act of heroism :)!

  5. Sean Klein says:

    He was a hero without this, now, well wow WAY TO GO !!!

    Lets just hope dad and bro pull through

  6. Brendan Montague says:

    Doesn’t matter where our marines are in this world. We need them.
    Thank You!

  7. Vinita says:

    We need to send this to the church that calls our soilders murders and shows up at their funnerals. Our Military Officers are fighting to keep the Americans alive and give us what FREEDOM we have left!!! God blessed that Marine and little boy. I will pray his Dad and brother recover so he’s not alone.

  8. Devil Dog says:

    okay Marine, how about you act like a real one and just say good job Devil Dog!

  9. Uncle of a folllen marine in this gentlemeans squad! says:

    to the person who called himself “Marine” HOW DARE YOU!!! Put youself in his shoes, why don’t you go over to Afghanastan, come back with a puprle heart as this young man did after seeing his brothers die in action only to save a child within the first month of being home!!! You MUST be a member of the Wstboro Church you uselless human being/!!!To think that this man has fought for YOUR FREEDOMS and you make such stupid, useless comments like that!!!!!!!

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