Video shows California officer daring rescue of man and dog from burning car
OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – A brave and quick-witted police officer rescued an unconscious man and dog from a burning car in northern California on Tuesday night.
At around 11 p.m., Piedmont police heard a call for a car accident on Park Boulevard and Estates Drive in Oakland.
The car was set on fire and the driver was trapped inside the car.
Constable Jason Germano responded to the scene and located the unconscious driver and his dog inside the car.
The officer tried to put out the fire, but to no avail. It was then that he ran towards the fire and the open car door.
“I said, ‘Hey man, the car is on fire, you have to get out,'” Germano remembers. “He was just a little confused and disoriented.”
Germano’s body camera captured the moment he and another officer pulled the man out of the car before also saving his dog.
“My first instinct was to take him out,” said Germano.
The scene was turned over to the Oakland Police Department for further investigation.
Authorities say alcohol impairment may be a suspected factor in the crash.
No other vehicle was involved.