VIDEO: Firefighters Rescue Rookie Cop Locked In Patrol Car

Contra Costa County firefighters had to release a rookie Antioch police officer who became locked in the back of a car.

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:

Comments (31)
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wiscdance
wiscdance

If the training officer left the keys in the car, how did they lock the door?

Dreamcatcher
Dreamcatcher

LOL! So, my question is, what did she do that the FTO made her ride in the backseat?

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Will the driver get charged? 😂 And, don't they have locksmiths in that city?!

vwiles34
vwiles34

I saw a sergeant stop a car in the parking lot of a convenience store. He only gave them a warning for a traffic infraction. But he had accidentally locked his car leaving it running. He had to radio for someone to bring another set of keys. But what made it bad was he had two cars blocked in.

hleinen
hleinen

If she is off probation a lawsuit will most likely be filed (false imprisonment) and she would win.

Caddis
Caddis

This is why all cars should be keyed the same. This comes in handy when you have to go to a hot call and have to move another car.

Budman2082
Budman2082

That's why you always go to the hardware store and have an extra door lock key made after you are assigned your vehicle. Every FTO knows that.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Getting the car unlocked in 90 seconds was a feat in itself and sure beats taking a Halligan bar to the driver's window.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

this rookie will forever be nicknamed " The Lockness Monster"

OH-COP-37
OH-COP-37

I locked myself out of a cruiser once. After that, I made sure I always had a spare key on my person! Calling dispatch on the portable to request assistance was the hardest thing I ever had to do! Small agency, almost always late model, lightly used cruisers; never keyed alike!

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

Why should she be the one embarrassed? She didn’t lock the car. I don’t get these comments.