Off-duty bomb squad officer saves suspected drunk driver from burning vehicle

By Scott Kaufman
Friday, December 27, 2013 20:13 EDT
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An off-duty bomb squad officer with the Los Angeles Police Department is being praised as a hero after saving a man from a burning vehicle on Wednesday.

Officer Don Thompson was on his way to work when, according to an interview with ABC News, he “saw this car just veer into the retaining wall.”

“It went across all lanes,” he said, “and it was on fire at the time.”

Officer Thompson ran to the car and found the driver trapped and unconscious.

“I said to myself, ‘I have to get him out of there.’ All the while, there was all of this fire. It was just really intense.”

One witness, an actor named Dru Gash, recorded the rescue. “I mean, this guy, he was incredible,” Gash said. “He’s like a superhero. He jumped in there. He opened the car door, reached in there and grabbed this guy out.”

The driver was not identified, but LAPD officials said he suffered minor injuries, and was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Watch video of the rescue below.

Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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