A police officer has pulled a disabled man from a smoking car moments before it burst into flames.
Los Angeles Police Department shared body camera footage of a timely rescue made when officers pulled up behind a smoking car while on “another routine patrol shift”.
In the vision filmed on Friday at 5:50 pm (local time) the vehicle can be seen stalled at a busy intersection In Pacoima, near San Fernando Valley, with thick, black smoke billowing from the engine.
The driver of the car wearing a black singlet can be seen trying to remove a wheelchair from the backseat so he can help his disabled friend from the front passenger seat.
One of the officers jumps into action and with the driver’s help, he carries the disabled man from the vehicle and takes him to safety.
When the pair are just metres away, the camera captures the moment the car burst into flames.
Police posted the close call on social media and said although the car and the man’s wheelchair were destroyed, nobody was seriously injured in the incident.
LAPD said the man's wheelchair was "quickly replaced by an officer's donation."
The cause of the blaze in unclear. The officers involved said they were just “doing our job”
It was another routine patrol shift.— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) September 22, 2020
Moments later, a car was engulfed in flames & @LAPDFoothill ofcrs had pulled a disabled man out.
His wheelchair was lost in the burnt wreck, but quickly replaced by an officer’s donation.
When asked, they had few words—“just doing our job”. pic.twitter.com/RJPMcCbEgQ
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