News, Culture & Society

VIDEO: Police pull man from burning car in Atlanta, Georgia

Dramatic police bodycam shows Atlanta officers pulling man from a burning car after it smashed through two homes and hit a tree

  • Two police officers in Atlanta, Georgia, saw a man trapped in a burning car
  • Officer Adams and Officer Todd risked their lives to approach the car
  • The pair were able to drag the injured driver to safety through his window


A pair of Atlanta police officers risked their lives pulling an injured man from a burning car after it crashed through two houses and smashed into a tree. 

The rescue, which happened in the early hours of Sunday, November 14 was captured on the officers’ bodyworn cameras. 

Officer Adams and Officer Todd arrived at the scene at 1.36am in the Bankhead area of Atlanta to see the man was trapped into the car which was on fire after hitting a tree. 

The dramatic footage shows the officers frantically trying to force open the door but the handle had broken off during the crash. 

Officers Adam and Officer Todd raced towards the burning car in Atlanta, Georgia in the early hours of Sunday morning after seeing the driver was still trapped in the vehicle

The two officers decided to drag the victim through the broken side window

The two officers decided to drag the victim through the broken side window 

The pair then smashed the driver’s side window and dragged the injured man out as the flames soared from the car’s crumpled hood. 

The man was groaning and remained conscious during his ordeal. The officers can be heard shouting encouragement to the driver. Local media said he suffered only minor injuries.  

Georgia Police said they ‘could not be prouder of the pair.’ 

A spokesperson said: ‘The quick thinking, and bravery exhibited by Officer Adams and Officer Todd saved the occupant from a tragic outcome. 

‘The officers had no idea if that fire would result in an explosion which would put their lives in danger, instead they were focused on saving the driver.’ 

The spokesperson added: ‘Evidence on the scene indicated that the car had gone airborne and travelled completely through two houses (one abandoned and another occupied) before striking a tree and bursting into flames.’ 

The car's handle had been ripped off during the crash meaning the pair could not open the door

The car’s handle had been ripped off during the crash meaning the pair could not open the door

The car was at risk of exploding as the engine bay was engulfed in flames

The car was at risk of exploding as the engine bay was engulfed in flames 

Atlanta PD posted footage of the dramatic rescue on their Facebook page where it has been praised by members of the public.

John Wolfinger said: ‘Thank you officers Adams and Todd. You represent the best of APD.’

Louise Howard said: ‘Wow, great job. Heroes working in Atlanta.’

Patricia Jones-Freeman added: ‘Thank God for their unselfish acts of bravery to risk themselves to save another man’s life.’

The victim, pictured, escaped serious injury after he was rescued by the two officers

The victim, pictured, escaped serious injury after he was rescued by the two officers 

***
Read more at DailyMail.co.uk