Caught on Camera: Officer Pulls Driver From Flaming Truck

By ABC News

Nov 27, 2013 12:50pm

A jaw-dropping, dramatic rescue was caught on dashcam camera Nov. 25 on Sunset Boulevard in West Cape May, N.J.

A courageous police officer did not hesitate as he raced over to a truck engulfed in flames and dragged the unconscious driver out of harm’s way.

“A million things were racing through my mind,” Patrolman Scott Krissinger, a seven-year veteran of the Cape May police department, told ABC News. “I couldn’t understand why someone would stay in the truck if there was no car accident or anything like that.”

Krissinger says when he opened the driver’s side door, smoke rushed towards him.

“When I opened the door, I couldn’t really see,” he explained. “And I was able to grab the collar of his shirt.”

He reached in and dragged the driver, Gerald Ferrill, 61, of Mays Landing, N.J., to safety.

“I looked down at him to see if he was breathing,” said Krissinger. “I couldn’t tell at the time.”

The officer raced back and opened the passenger door, again facing a giant plume of smoke.

“I couldn’t see anything, so I just decided I’m just going to feel with my hand across the seat,” he recalled.

But there was no one else inside the vehicle.

Ferrill remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

“I don’t think about myself as a hero,” Krissinger said.

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