Iowa cop rescues teen from burning vehicle

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 16:11 EDT
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An Iowa police officer rescues a teen trapped in a burning car. Photo: Screenshot via The Associated Press.
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A police officer from Urbandale, Iowa saved the life of a lucky 18-year-old over the weekend by pulling the unconscious teen from his burning vehicle.

Ian Waseskuk, 18, crashed his car while attempting to drive in circles in a snow-covered church parking lot on Sunday, according to The Associated Press. When it slid into an air conditioning unit and caught on fire, officer Zac McDowell had to act fast.

Footage published Tuesday shows McDowell desperately reaching into the burning vehicle as smoke pours from the passenger-side door, then emerging with Waseskuk’s arm clasped in his hands.

Waseskuk only sustained minor injuries, the AP noted. He will face a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving upon release from the hospital.

This video is from The Associated Press, published Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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