VIDEO: Officers Flip Burning Car To Save Woman Trapped Inside
Bridgeport, CT – Bodycam video captured the moment on Tuesday morning when heroic Bridgeport police officers flipped a burning car over to rescue the trapped driver (video below).
Bridgeport Police Officer Kathleen Ramirez found the burning, single-car wreck at about 4:15 a.m. on Feb. 25 on Chopsey Hill Road, the Connecticut Post reported.
Bridgeport Director of Emergency Management and Communications Scott Appleby said the car was lying on its driver’s side and a woman was trapped inside of the burning vehicle.
Officer Ramirez tried to evacuate the woman from the car but she couldn’t reach her, the Connecticut Post reported.
Bridgeport Police Sergeant Joaquim DeBarros arrived next on the scene and tried to break the front window of the car to rescue the woman.
That’s when additional police officers arrived on the scene to help, the Connecticut Post reported.
Video showed that Bridgeport Police Sergeant Ken Fortes, Officer Chris Smith, Officer John Knapp, Officer James Motasky, Officer John Asik, Officer Mike Hernandez, and Officer Juan Bayas rushed to assist Sgt. DeBarros and Officer Ramirez around the burning vehicle, WTNH reported.
Sgt. DeBarros’ bodycam video showed the officers worked together and with a giant heave-ho, they flipped the flaming car back onto its wheels before firefighters arrived.
Then the video showed an officer carefully broke out the front window so police could extricate the victim before the entire car was engulfed in flames.
Video showed the officers scrambling to get themselves and the victim away from the car, but Sgt. DeBarros stayed behind.
Bodycam showed the sergeant looking around inside the burning car with his flashlight.
“Is there any kids in there at all?” Sgt. DeBarros asked the other officers. “Because we got a car seat in there.”
He continued to circle the burning wreck looking for signs of life inside it, the video showed.
“She told me she was by herself,” another officer hollered back a moment later.
Bridgeport firefighters arrived on the scene after the driver had been rescued and put out the fire, the Connecticut Post reported.
The woman was transported to the hospital. No information regarding her medical condition has been released.
“I am very proud of these officers and the way they worked as a team to save this female party,” Bridgeport Police Chief A.J. Perez told WTNH in a statement. “The members of this department go above and beyond daily with the job of protecting our great community in an effort to ensure everyone goes home to their loved ones at the end of the day.”
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim echoed the police chief’s kudos to the officers.
“The men and women of the Bridgeport Police Department put their lives on the line every day in an effort to achieve the goal of saving and protecting lives,” the mayor said. “The Officers didn’t hesitate to put their lives in risk to save another, and due to their heroic efforts a life was saved.”
Watch the incident unfold in the video below: