Antioch, CA – Firefighters rescued an embarrassed Antioch police rookie whose training officer accidentally locked her in the back of a patrol unit during a school response drill on July 10 (video below).
The incident occurred while the Antioch Police Department and Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters were all participating in a training exercise that involved training for an incident that had just happened at a school, East County Today reported.
The officer who was driving the police car when it arrived at the training incident jumped out of the patrol unit without his keys, locking it behind him.
Because the back doors of police cars cannot be opened from the inside, the rookie officer who was riding in the backseat became effectively trapped.
The patrol unit was a cage car which prevented the officer from reaching through to the front seat to get the keys or free herself.
East County Today posted a video of Contra Costa County firefighters working to free the officer from the patrol unit using a variety of different tools.
While there was genuine concern for freeing the trapped officer, firefighters couldn’t help but smile and chuckle as they rescued their fellow first responder from her own car.
Locking the rookie officer in the police car was not staged or a planned part of the training exercise, East County Today reported.
After about 90 seconds of trying, the video showed that the firefighters were able to pop open the driver’s door and unlock the police car.
The female rookie officer emerged from the backseat looking both relieved and embarrassed, the video showed.
Watch footage of the daring rescue below: