Off-Duty DC Police Officer Pulls Man From Burning Pickup Truck on I-270 – NBC4 Washington

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A D.C. police officer pulled a man from a flaming pickup
truck along Interstate 270 late Wednesday.

Officer Reinaldo Otero said he was driving home after his
shift after 11 p.m. when he noticed the vehicle on the shoulder of the road in Montgomery
County, Maryland.

He saw smoke coming from the vehicle and noticed the air bags
were deployed, so he radioed the crash in to Montgomery County police.

As he approached the pickup, Otero said he saw fire under
it.

He went back to his car to get crowbar to smash a
passenger side window. Inside, he saw smoke and flames.

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Officer Reinaldo Otero

Then he approached the driver side.

“That’s
when I actually heard someone screaming, ‘Help me! Help me! Help me!’” he said.

“He
pulled him out of the car,” said Pete Piringer of Montgomery County Fire and
Rescue.

Otero
radioed in again to describe the man’s injuries, then returned to the man to
render first aid.

First
responders were on the scene within seconds of the second call, Otero said. The
cab of the truck was fully engulfed in flames by the time they arrived.

“We’re
contending that his actions were very decisive and potentially lifesaving,”
Piringer said.

Otero
has assisted others on the roadside in the past.

“When you’ve been trained in a way, when the situation
happens, really the training kicks in, so there’s not much of fear of what may
happen to you but more like get the job done the way you were trained to do,”
he said.

The driver is hospitalized in serious condition.


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