Watch: Texas Sheriff's Deputies Pull Man From Burning Car
CHAMBERS COUNTY, Texas - A pair of Texas sheriff's deputies are being hailed as heroes after rescuing a man from a burning car last week.
The sheriff's office released the video on their Facebook page of the heroic rescue by deputies Braedon Boznango and Carlton Carrington.
When the deputies arrived on the scene on Thursday, December 13th, they found a flipped car in flames in the median of State Highway 124 just south of Winnie, according to the Facebook post by the sheriff's office.
As the deputies run towards the burning car, one can be heard calling to bystanders, "Where? Where?" as the bystanders point out where the driver was trapped.
The bystanders point to the driver, calling out, "Can you pull him out? Can you pull him out?"
"Sir? Sir? Can you give your arms?" Deputy Boznango can be heard on his body cam video calling out to the driver as he attempts to pull the man out of the car.
Body cam video from Deputy Boznango shows him attempting to pull the driver from the flames as he calls to Deputy Carrington for help.
"I mean, you realized he was in really big trouble when you went up and saw him inside the vehicle," Deputy Boznango said.
"I just remember watching the flames run up the man’s face," Deputy Carrington said. "I was thinking, this guy is going to burn to death if we don’t get him out of this car."
The deputies were able to pull the driver, whose legs and lower body were on fire, from the car. They pulled him into a nearby puddle and were able extinguished the flames on his body.
“They are heroes in my eyes, and I think they’re probably heroes in everybody’s eyes," Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said. "Because that could be any of us in that car on fire, and I can assure you there are a lot of people that would’ve just sat back and watched it burn."
The driver, who was the only one in the car, was airlifted to a Houston hospital in critical condition.