rescued Ortiz from his car after it became submerged in Rock Creek Thursday morning. (David R. Jennings / Broomfield Enterprise)
John Cook, an engineer with North Metro, said he and his team members responded to the scene just before daybreak, when they located three cars that were stuck in the creek.
team, who are trained in swiftwater rescue operations,
team worked quickly to get everyone to safety, but said it's a miracle Ortiz made it out alive, especially because he
had been submerged for two hours.
When Cook saw Ortiz for the first time, "he
looked extremely tired," Cook said
At the press conference, Cook
met Ortiz for the first time since the accident.