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Off-Duty Officer Rescues Man From Burning Car

Don Thompson drove by the scene of a highway accident and instantly decided he had to take action.
3:00 | 12/26/13

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To los angeles now and to a dramatic christmas rescue, a bomb squad officer on his way to work when he spots a car un-gulfed in flames. Aditi roy on what happened next. Reporter: Christmas day, a car on fire in heavy traffic. Get him out of there! Reporter: Crashed into the center divider of the highway bursting into flames. Look closely as officer don thompson, a 26 year veteran with the los angeles police department heading to work braves the flames to help the driver. Is there anybody else in the car? Reporter: That's the voice of drew gash, on the other side of the hare recording the scene. It skidded along the whole way. Reporter: Others rushed to help. Officer thompson says his reaction was instinct, fighting the searing flames up his arms and knowing he only had seconds to save his life, thompson found the seatbelt release button. I said it's now or never. Either you're going to get him out or he's going to burn alive. I grabbed him with two hands and I started pulling him out. Wow, they saved that guy's life. They pulled him out just in time. Reporter: The driver has now been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. Lucky to be alive. One incredible officer. To another rescue under way

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