The moment two cops in Texas pull an unconscious driver out of his burning car for just SECONDS before it completely bursts into flames
- Garland Police officers Matthew Fuhs and Chris Hataway found an unconscious man in a burning car that crashed outside the police station
- The officers tried desperately to wake the man as they grabbed his limp body
- They were able to pull it out just seconds before the fire caught up with the vehicle
- “If they weren’t there, that man in the car would have been burned,” a department spokesman said, praising the officers’ heroic actions.
Dramatic bodycam footage captured the moment a pair of Texas officers pulled an unconscious motorist from his burning car just before flames overtook the vehicle.
Garland Police officers Matthew Fuhs and Chris Hataway responded Wednesday night to a car accident that occurred outside the police station. Upon arrival, the car was found to be on fire.
The officers cautiously approached the burning car and were shocked to learn that the driver was still in the car.
Body-camera footage shows Garland police officers Matthew Fuhs and Chris Hataway making their way to a burning car that crashed outside their police station on Wednesday.
Officers were shocked to find an unconscious man still inside the vehicle
Fuhs clutched desperately for the driver’s arm as Hataway, right, helped pull him out
The officers were able to bring the unconscious man to safety
Fuhs (pictured) said all he could think about at that moment was to save the driver’s life
The officers frantically tried to wake the driver, who was unconscious and lying against the passenger door, with his hair sticking out of the shattered window.
“Come on, man,” the officers heard desperate screams as the fire grew.
The officers then yelled at the driver to give them his hands, and they were able to pull his limp body out the window just before the flames completely engulfed the car.
Fuhs and Hataway dragged the driver away from the fire while other officers helped to get them all to safety.
The heroic officers, breathless from the heat and smoke, stayed with the driver until emergency services arrived.
Just as officers pulled the driver out, flames began to spread to the front of the car
The vehicle went up in flames after the man’s rescue
The officers had to catch their breath due to the intensity of the flame and smoke
Fuhs, feeling the heat from the flames, said all he would think about at that moment was to save the driver’s life.
“Time was of the essence,” Fuhs said NBC. “I saw the flames begin to approach the rear of the vehicle and begin to approach the passenger side where he was.
‘No stopping. You just have to keep moving forward. You have to try to get this man out.”
The driver and a passenger, who were thrown from the car during the accident, were both taken to a nearby hospital where they are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Officials have not yet released the identity of the victims or the cause of the crash, as it is an ongoing investigation.
Garland Police said they were proud of Fuhs and Hataway for their “quick response and heroic deeds.”
“They were there in seconds,” said Lieutenant Pedro Barineau, a department spokesman Dallas Morning News. “If they weren’t there, that guy in the car would have been burned.”
Fuhs has been with the ward for five tears and Hataway for 22 years.