Had it not been for that extra bit of time they waited, they might have passed before the accident took place and been unable to help.
Officer Jolin was nearby at the time, and when the call came he was able to get to the house in under a minute.
Ervin's bodycam footage has been released in part, showing just how extreme the situation was and how much danger he faced during the rescue.
'I was really lucky to be able to do what I did, and what I did was not right. It put people in a difficult situation. I was desperate.'
The company's most important oil development is located just north of the southern rim of the Gulf of Mexico.