Burning Car Rescue

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Monday, December 6, 2010 - 3:44pm

Florida police officer rescues woman trapped in a burning car.

Officer Jalil says “actually, it’s a little bit overwhelming.”

Well Jimmy Jalil, you’ll have to endure the media spotlight. The Today Show, the microphones, the cost of just acting heroically after just five years on job.

Officer Jalil says “I guess the magnitude of the situation, saving a life, would be by far the biggest achievement I’ve achieved here so far.”

And the dashboard video shows why. That’s Jimmy on the right trying to smash in the window. Seconds before, in freeway traffic, the SUV spun out and smashed into a sign, ejecting two.

Officer Jalil knew a third was trapped inside.

Officer Jalil says “she was in the passenger seat so it looked like the dashboard had pinned her legs down and the fire was directly in front of her so I knew if I had not smashed out the window she was going to burn.”

Using his new SWAT training, Jalil fired his handgun to smash the window.

Officer Jalil says “it wasn’t until I fired the two rounds, smashed out the window, that I could hear her yelling for me to get her out. She was able to prop herself up just enough that I could reach in and lift her up and I just carried her for as long as I could away from the fire. I could tell that her legs were broken.”

Other passers-by, including an off-duty fire rescuer, tended to the driver, David Michael Matthew, who died on scene, and a passenger.

Briana Motley was brought here to Del Ray Medical Center along with the other surviving passenger who was thrown out of the vehicle, Shawn Thomas. Both are seriously injured but both are expected to survive.

Meantime, orders are to deal with the media and being called names like “hero.”

Officer Jalil says “actually, it’s a little bit overwhelming. I’m not one, I kind of get embarassed when compliments are thrown my way so this is actually quite overwhelming. I can’t even believe that this is actually happening right now.”
 

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