When disaster strikes and tragedy seems certain, there is only one hope – Critical Rescue – highly trained teams of paramedics, rescuers and doctors. Their jobs are dangerous, their rescues dramatic. But for the victims of a disaster, these courageous men and women are all that stand between life… and death.
New Dominion Pictures presents Critical Rescue, the true stories of emergency rescue and medical teams who battle impossible odds, risking everything to save lives.
Episode 02 – Ominous Warning
On October 17, 1989, Sherra Cox leaves work early to unpack in her new apartment. Shortly before 5:00 pm, the building begins to shake. Cox braces against a doorframe as San Francisco is slammed by a 7.1 earthquake. The closet door snaps from its hinges and pins her to the floor. She grabs a pipe lying nearby and bangs it on the door. Outside the collapsed building, firefighters can hear her. Rescuers try to cut their way through the rubble, but a ruptured pipe fills the building with gas. A building across the street explodes, sending fireballs in their direction. Intense heat drives two firemen from the building, but Gerald Shannon refuses to leave. He talks to Sherra Cox, reassuring her, as others pass him equipment to help try and pull her from the collapsing building.