New Jersey police officers were caught on camera to pull people out of the burning wreck of a highway accident.
The Camden County Police Department recognized officers Vaughn Edwards, Joseph Mair, Brian McCline and Vincent Russomanno for their life-saving efforts after responding to the scene of a two-car accident on April 7 at around 2:30 p.m.
Mair would have been less than a handful of streets off I-676 in Camden, New Jersey, when he heard a car accident and saw the flames coming from the highway.
Four Camden County police officers were recognized on Friday for their heroism in pulling four men out of burning cars that caught fire after a highway crash on April 7 at around 2:30 p.m.
Police officers worked with a Delaware River Port Authority officer and civilians to break the windows of the cars & open doors to bring the men to safety
He then reported the incident and drove to where the crash occurred, where he ran into two side-by-side cars that had collided. The cars, each with two adult males, were badly damaged and set on fire.
Edwards, McCline and Russomanno then arrived, and – in collaboration with Delaware River Port Authority Police Department Officer Franklin Flash and bystanders – the four Camden agents quickly began saving men from the crash.
In a bodycam video released by the police, a policeman can walk straight to the burning cars while the people on the spot work together to get the two men out of their cars in the middle of calling & # 39; ; give me your hand! & # 39;
Authorities said the windows of a car had to be destroyed to get the two men out of the car and that the car was flooded with flames just after the rescue. The doors of the other car had to be pushed open to gain access to the two men inside.
Two Camden officers noticed that one of the men who had been pulled out of the car was still on fire, so they used their hands to beat his clothes and turn off the flames, the courier post reported.
Two of the men from the cars suffered severe burns and were taken to the hospital for treatment. No other injuries have been reported.
Agent Joseph Mair (second from left) was the first on site, with officers Vaughn Edwards (far left), Vincent Russomanno (second from right) and Brian McCline (far right) responding
Two of the men were pulled out of the car with extensive burns, requiring hospitalization
One of the men was still on fire when he was pulled out of the car, leaving officers to use their hands to put out the flames on his clothes
One of the two cars went up in flames after the last victim was pulled
Although the images of the bodycam are quite revealing, this did not show that the Russomano uniform actually caught fire during the rescue operation – a fact that the man himself did not even realize then, he told NBC 10.
Edwards remembered the actions of the night at the news station: & # 39; Your adrenaline is rushing, but at the end of the day you have to do a job and you don't want anyone to get hurt. Our motto here is: "Service for themselves", so we must place it for ourselves. & # 39;
& # 39; The rapid actions of officers Edwards, Mair, McCline and Russomanno ensured that all four victims survived this accident & # 39 ;, said Lieutenant Colonel John Martinez van Camden in a statement in which the four men of the 20+ , the officers of the department of the week, were mentioned.
Meanwhile, the police hope that the civilian bystanders who have helped pull the men out of the cars will come forward so that they are recognizable for their actions.
& # 39; These people could have been a postman, an accountant, a real estate agent, and yet they stopped and risked their lives to help their fellows & # 39 ;, said CCPD lecturer John Martinez.
It is unclear what caused the crash, but one of the two drivers was accused of driving under the influence and assault by car, the New Jersey State Police told the courier station.