VIDEO: Surveillance Of Cops Badly Burned Saving Man On Fire

Four officers were badly burned while saving a man who set himself on fire.

Kaysville, UT – Four police officers are speaking out after they were injured while rescuing a suicidal man who set himself on fire inside a gas station (video below.)

Kaysville Police Department Officers Robert Jackson, Lacy Turner, Cade Bradshaw and Sergeant Shawn McKinnon spoke at an April 12 news conference and gave their reaction to what happened, according to KSTU-TV.

The police were called to the scene on April 5 after a man doused himself in gasoline and was holding a lighter in his hand while inside the convenience store restroom.

The officers said they tried to de-escalate the situation by talking to him and offering him help. Officer Jackson said negotiations broke down. Officer Jackson said he waited for the man to close the lighter and then he lunged for him.

"I remember grabbing him and kind of wrestling him," said Officer Bradshaw. "I heard the sound of fire going up and it got extremely hot and we made a mad dash to get out."

Sgt. McKinnon said it was brave to try to get the lighter out of the suicidal man’s hand but it sparked.

Surveillance video released by the police showed a flash of fire. The police officers scrambled and the burning man ripped his clothes off and lunged into the store shelves.

The officers acted quickly to put out the fire. Officer Turner took a fire extinguisher to the man.

A deputy took a rubber mat to beat out the fire on Officer Jackson.

"Both my legs and my calves are third-degree burns. They will be having to do surgery on them. My left arm was burned from my wrist to my shoulder," Officer Jackson said at the press conference over video from his hospital bed, KSTU reported.

The Kaysville Police Department gave an update April 7 on their officers. Officer Turner and Sgt. McKinnon received minor burns and were back to full duty. Officer Bradshaw received more severe burns and was home recuperating with his family, the police said.

Officer Jackson was recovering at the University of Utah Hospital and was optimistic he’d be able to return to duty.

The man who set himself on fire is in critical condition at the University of Utah Hospital’s burn unit.

You can see the surveillance video below:

Comments (7)
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Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Prayers to the officers!!

Betts122
Betts122

God bless these police officers and thank you for saving this man. I pray for everyone. Thank you for your dedication and your valuable service!

Divadeb
Divadeb

My Heart&prayers for the Officers. I pray Officer Bradshaw heals quickly,as a burn survivor,I had many surgeries& skin graphs,through out my childhood all the way up to age 18. I was 2yrs old& have no memory of being accidentally being set on fire.Officer Bradshaw,Officer Turner,Sgt McKinnon,Officer Jackson,Thank You all for your incredible acts of Bravery to save the life of another& putting our lives before your own, this is why we Honor those who Serve&Protect our Country& it's Citizens. You are all #Heroes I am grateful everyday that we have such incredible Men&Women who go above&beyond the call of duty. I pray God keep those who Serve,safe&protect their families. #BlueLivesMatter #IStandProudlyWithTheBlue #Heroes

Backing TheBlue
Backing TheBlue

God Bless these brave officer's! Prayers for their speedy and full recovery.

61mouse
61mouse

Should have just at him finish the job

Buzz17
Buzz17

Keeping all these officers, especially the two who are still recuperating or facing more surgeries, in our prayers for a full & rapid healing of body, mind, & soul! God bless these heroes!

Katarina
Katarina

Prayers for a full recovery for the burned officer. It saddens my heart that these brave men and women do so much for us and are still treated so poorly!