Texas Police Get Man Out of His Burning Car for SECONDS Before Engulfing Him in Flames

The moment two Texas police officers 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 desperately tried to wake the man as they grabbed his limp body
  • They were able to pull it out just seconds before the fire overtook 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.


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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.

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.

The officers were shocked to find an unconscious man still in the vehicle

The officers were shocked to find an unconscious man still in the vehicle

The officers were shocked to find an unconscious man still in the vehicle

Fuhs clutched desperately for the driver's arm as Hataway, right, helped pull him out

Fuhs clutched desperately for the driver's arm as Hataway, right, helped pull him out

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

The officers were able to bring the unconscious man to safety

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

Fuhs (pictured) said all he could think about at that moment was to save the driver's life

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 the officers pulled the driver out, the flames started to spread to the front of the car

Just as officers pulled the driver out, flames started to spread to the front of the car

Just as officers pulled the driver out, flames started to spread to the front of the car

The vehicle went up in flames after the rescue of the man

The vehicle went up in flames after the rescue of the man

The vehicle went up in flames after the rescue of the man

The officers had to catch their breath due to the intensity of the flame and smoke

The officers had to catch their breath due to the intensity of the flame and smoke

The officers had to catch their breath due to the intensity of the flame and the 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 are 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 man in the car would have been burned.”

Fuhs has been with the ward for five tears and Hataway for 22 years.

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