Illinois police rescue caught on video as driver pulled from vehicle engulfed in flames

Two police officers suffered minor injuries in the rescue attempt.

ByDARREN REYNOLDS
November 30, 2017, 11:48 PM

— -- Some quick-thinking police officers in Oswego, Illinois were able to save the life of a man trapped in a burning vehicle earlier this week.

Officers responded on Tuesday to a hit-and-run accident and found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames.

In a video posted on the Oswego Police Facebook page, officers surround the burning vehicle, and drag the man to safety, with someone shouting, “They got him out!” over the radio. Officers say the man inside the vehicle was refusing to leave so they forcefully removed him.

PHOTO: An image made from video shows police officers from Oswego, Ill., racing to rescue a man from a burning vehicle on Nov. 28, 2017.
An image made from video shows police officers from Oswego, Ill., racing to rescue a man from a burning vehicle on Nov. 28, 2017.
Village of Oswego Police

Two Oswego police officers, Brandon Dilg and Cassie Catberro, were treated for smoke inhalation and Dilg received minor burns to his arm and leg. They have since been released from the hospital.

PHOTO: An image made from video shows police officers from Oswego, Ill., dragging a man from a burning vehicle on Nov. 28, 2017.
An image made from video shows police officers from Oswego, Ill., dragging a man from a burning vehicle on Nov. 28, 2017.
Village of Oswego Police

The 71-year-old driver was fleeing from the scene of an accident when his car hit a concrete barrier and burst into flames, Patch reported.

PHOTO: An image made from video shows police officers from Oswego, Ill., dragging a man from a burning vehicle on Nov. 28, 2017.
An image made from video shows police officers from Oswego, Ill., dragging a man from a burning vehicle on Nov. 28, 2017.
Village of Oswego Police

There was no word on the condition of the driver.

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