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Atlanta Police Officers Save Man From Burning Car

August 13, 2018

ATLANTA, GA. – ( Police officers in Atlanta risked their lives to save a man from a burning car August 5 and were able to free him just in time, according to an online story from*

In the early morning hours, a vehicle crashed into a utility pole on Lenox Road at the intersection with Georgia 400 in Atlanta, Georgia. The head-on collision caused the car to ignite, and Atlanta police officers had about four minutes to save a passenger from being engulfed in the flames. The driver and another passenger were about to escape the vehicle, but this passenger was trapped. His legs were pinned under the dashboard, and the fire was burning faster than officers could extinguish it.

Officers Charles Tierney and Brittany Williams were at the scene, battling against time to save the man. Tierney was trying to control the flames with a department-issued fire extinguisher, and Williams was working with the man to try to free him from the vehicle. 

“The only thing I could think of is that I can’t watch this man burn alive,” Williams said. “It was clear that we weren’t going to be able to get the door open, so I got in from the back passenger and tried to pull him out over the seat. His legs were stuck. I got him halfway over the seat.” 

Williams said the heat was so extreme she could hardly breathe, and she had to begin coaching the man to keep him from losing consciousness and to encourage him to move to free his legs. Williams said she finally whispered to him, “Your leg is starting to smoke, it’s going to be on fire,” and something clicked for him. Williams said he instantly came back and pulled his own legs out. 

Right after freeing the passenger, the car became completely enveloped in flames. The officers had acted just in time to save a life. 

All three occupants of the car, none of whom has been identified, were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital. They are all reportedly in stable condition. No one suffered burn injuries, including the officers. 

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