Video: Texas LEOs save man from burning car

The driver’s lower body was on fire when they pulled him out of the car

By PoliceOne Staff

WINNIE, Texas — Two deputies are being called heroes after rescuing a man from a burning car.

According to KHOU, Deputies Braedon Boznango and Carlton Carrington arrived at the scene to find a flipped car in flames and bystanders alerting them that a man was trapped inside.

"Sir? Sir? Can you give your arms?" Boznango can be heard on body camera video as he attempts to pull the man out of the car. Flames were running up the man’s face as he and Carrington rushed to get him out.

The driver’s lower body was on fire when they pulled him out of the car. They were able to extinguish the flames by pulling him to a nearby puddle.

“They are heroes in my eyes, and I think they’re probably heroes in everybody’s eyes," Chambers County 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 was airlifted to a Houston hospital in critical condition. He was the only person in the car.

Vehicle fire CCSO

Sheriff Brian Hawthorne is proud to release this video of the heroic actions of two Chambers County Sheriff’s Deputies. At approximately 8:33 p.m. on December 13, 2018, there was a major motor vehicle crash in the 3800 block SH 124, just south of Winnie. Upon arrival at this crash scene, Chambers County Deputies Braedon Boznango and Carlton Carrington found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames from the rollover crash. There was an unconscious male lying in the front seat with his abdomen and legs on fire. The two deputies approached the vehicle without regard for their own safety and began reaching inside the vehicle to rescue the sole occupant. Deputies Boznango and Carrington were able to pull the unconscious male through the door window opening and onto the ground. Both deputies were able to place the injured man into a nearby water puddle and extinguish all flames on his body. The male was airlifted to a Houston hospital in critical condition. Both deputies were uninjured during their rescue of this man, however, the intensity of this fire melted parts of their equipment while on their uniforms. Had these deputies not acted quickly, decisively and without total disregard for their own safety, the seriously injured man would have perished inside the vehicle. The attached video is a combination of three cameras, one in car and two body cameras.

Posted by Chambers County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, December 18, 2018


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