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December 15, 2011
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Video: Wis. cop saves woman from burning car

Police chief credits the officer's training and decisive action

By PoliceOne Staff

MENASHA, Wis. — Dash cam shows an officer rescue a woman from a burning car after a crash Tuesday.

Unable to reach the unconscious 51-year-old driver from the driver's side, Officer Matt Lenss smashed the passenger window to enter the vehicle and pull the woman out.

In the video, Lenss and another Good Samaritan are seen dragging the woman away from the car as smoke billows inside. She was sent to Theda Clark Regional Medical Center and released shortly after, according to the Post Crescent. Police think the crash may have been sparked by a medical condition.

“It comes down to training at moments like this,” Menasha Police Chief Tim Styka said, commending the seven-year police veteran's decisive action. “You have to react and work with the hand you’ve been dealt — he jumped right into action.”

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