Moment two Texas police officers pull an unconscious driver out of his burning car only SECONDS before it becomes entirely engulfed in flames
- Garland Police officers Matthew Fuhs and Chris Hataway found an unconscious man inside a burning car that crashed in front of the police station
- The officers desperately tried to wake the man as they grabbed his limp body
- They were able to pull him out just seconds before the fire overtook the vehicle
- ‘If they were not there, that guy would have burned inside the car,’ a spokesman for the department said as he praised the officers’ heroic actions
Dramatic bodycam footage captured the moment a pair of Texas officers pulled an unconscious motorist out of his burning car just before the flames overtook the vehicle.
Garland Police officers Matthew Fuhs and Chris Hataway responded to a car crash that occurred in front of the police station on Wednesday night. When they arrived, they found the car was on fire.
The officers carefully approached the burning car and were horrified to learn that the driver was still inside.
Body camera footage showed Garland Police officers Matthew Fuhs and Chris Hataway making their way to a burning car that crashed outside their police station on Wednesday
The officers were horrified to find an unconscious man still inside the vehicle
Fuhs made a desperate grab for the driver’s arm as Hataway, right, helped pull him out
The officers were able to pull the unconscious man to safety
Fuhs (pictured) said the only thing he could think of at the time was saving the driver’s life
The officers frantically tried to wake the driver, who was unconscious and lying against the passenger side door, with his hair sticking out of the shattered window.
‘Come on, man,’ the officers could be heard yelling desperately as the fire grew.
The officers then yelled at the driver to give them his hands, and they were able to pull his limp body out of the window just before the flames fully engulfed the car.
Fuhs and Hataway dragged the driver away from the fire as other officers helped pull them all to safety.
The heroic officers, out of breath from the heat and smoke, remained with the driver until emergency services arrived.
Just as the officers pulled the driver out, the flames began to spread to the front of the car
The vehicle was completely engulfed in flames following the man’s rescue
The officers needed to catch their breaths from the intensity of the flame and smoke
Fuhs, feeling the heat of the flames, said the only thing he would think about at the moment was saving the driver’s life.
‘Time was of the essence,’ Fuhs told NBC. ‘I saw that the flames were starting at the back of the vehicle and they were starting to approach toward the passenger side where he was located.
‘There’s no letting up. You gotta just keep moving forward. You gotta try to get this guy out’.
The driver and a passenger, who was ejected from the car during the crash, were both transported to a nearby hospital where they are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Officials have not yet released the victims’ identities or the cause of the crash as it is an ongoing investigation.
The Garland Police Department said it was proud of Fuhs and Hataway for their ‘quick response and heroic acts.’
‘They were there in seconds,’ Lt. Pedro Barineau, a spokesman for the department, told Dallas Morning News. ‘If they were not there, that guy would have burned inside the car.’
Fuhs has been with the department for five tears and Hataway for 22 years.