Caught on Camera: Police Officer Pulls Woman From Burning Car

By Samantha Tata
|  Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013  |  Updated 8:13 AM PDT
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The first to arrive on scene, El Segundo Police Officer Armando Rodriguez rushes to a burning car that slammed into a power pole, pulling its 22-year-old driver from the wreck. Raw dash-cam video from Sept. 29, 2013.

The first to arrive on scene, El Segundo Police Officer Armando Rodriguez rushes to a burning car that slammed into a power pole, pulling its 22-year-old driver from the wreck. Raw dash-cam video from Sept. 29, 2013.

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A police officer pulled a 22-year-old woman trapped in a burning car in El Segundo, and the heroic rescue was caught on the officer’s dashboard camera.

El Segundo Police Officer Armando Rodriguez responded shortly after 6 p.m. to a single-car crash near Aviation and El Segundo boulevards Sunday, authorities said.

When he arrived, he saw a cloud of black smoke billowing from the wrecked car, flames in the front seat and a driver stuck behind the wheel.

Rodriguez was first to arrive at the scene. As soon as he parked his squad car, Rodriguez ran to the burning car.

“Come here, come here! I got you, I got you,” Rodriguez can be heard telling the victim.

Three men to ran the car and opened the back door, releasing some smoke. Rodriguez ordered the trio to get away from the still very dangerous scene.

Moments later, the El Segundo Fire Department extinguished the blaze, which by now had engulfed nearly half the four-door sedan (pictured below).

The driver, who collided head on with a power pole, was taken to the hospital with major trauma, police said. She was in stable condition Monday.

Her rescuer, Rodriguez (pictured at right), was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation and minor burns.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing, police said.

 

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