Cop, citizen save person from burning car with seconds to spare

The car was locked and the driver was slumped over when police arrived

By Jeff Richgels
The Wisconsin State Journal

MADISON, Wis. — An officer and a citizen saved a person from a locked and burning car seconds before it went up in flames early Saturday morning, Madison police said.

Police were dispatched just before 4 a.m. for a report of a person slumped in a car that was smoking and possibly on fire at the Walgreens at 2909 E. Washington Ave., Lt. Kipp Hartman said.

Madison Police Department

The arriving officer reported smoke covered East Washington Avenue and was coming out of the hood and engine compartment of the car, Hartman said.

The doors were locked and the driver was unable to get out without assistance, so the officer broke the vehicle's window to gain entry. The officer then reached across the driver to unbuckle the seatbelt as flames started to come out of the dashboard, Hartman said.

The officer and a citizen were able to pull the driver out and away just seconds before the car became fully engulfed in flames, Hartman said.

The driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment and the Madison Fire Department put the fire out, Hartman said.


Madison police were dispatched for a person slumped in a car at the Walgreens on E Washington Ave around 3:58 am....

Posted by Madison Police Department on Saturday, November 14, 2020

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