Transit officers pull man from burning car

Posted at 9:53 PM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 23:24:17-05

Two Milwaukee transit security officers pulled a man from a burning car just in time, and it was all caught on camera.

A middle of the night patrol in Milwaukee's downtown turned frantic for two Allied Universal Transit Security Officers.

"We look over and there is just a huge car accident over there," said Officer Andrew Williams.

Officers Williams and Jason Knox ran up to the smashed car at 27th and Wisconsin to get the driver out. They saw flames coming from the hood, so they ran for help.

"Luckily for us there was a bus at the intersection, so I ran as fast as I could to get that fire extinguisher so we could put that fire out," said Knox.

While Knox battled the flames, Williams and others who stopped to help tried to get the door open.

"Wrenching on the door, trying to get that guy out," said Knox.

Williams says the fire extinguisher was buying them time, but they felt like the car was about to blow. The driver did as well - he was was pleading with Williams.

"He said, 'Please man get me out, please man help me,'" said Williams.

They decided to pull the man out through the window. Immediately afterward, you see them set him on the ground as a fireball comes out of the car. 

"It was just a shock, like 'oh my God, it blew up,'" said Knox.

A minute later the police pulled up, and officers thanked the men for saving the driver. 

"We'd do it all over again if we had to," said Williams.

"We were just trying to do what we could to help out," said Knox.

There was a passenger who made it safely out of the car on her own. The two men continued on patrol after helping out. Their company has honored their efforts and put them up for the award of Security Officer of the Year.

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