Sunday, September 4, 2011

Des Moines Iowa Police Officers' Selfless Fiery Rescue

DES MOINES POLICE OFFICERS RISK THEIR LIVES TO SAVE THOSE OF OTHERS FROM CAR FIRE: (raw dash-cam vid) On August 28 at approx, 0300 hrs., a vehicle driven by Michael Lomax, 21, blew through a traffic light and collided with another vehicle driven by Jennifer Garcia,17. The impact caused the teen's vehicle to roll. Sadly, Miss Garcia was killed instantly. She had three passengers, Alexandra Cordova, 18, Irania Cordova, 14, and Alejandro Garcia, 20, in her SUV. One was ejected and the SUV burst into flames, trapping the remaining two survivors.

Des Moines (Iowa) Police Officers responded and without no hesitation nor reservation nor concern for their own safety, jumped right into action. DMPD Officers Aaron Cawthorne, Colin Boone, Jeremy Sprague, Robin Swank along with Reserve Police Officer John Carter, worked feverishly together to save the trapped and injured vehicle occupants. 

While some were trying to pry the door open, others climbed right on top of the burning vehicle, while others attempted to douse the flames. While they were doing this, Des Moines Police Sergeant Michael Taggart was behind the vehicle trying to get to one of the girls who was trapped. 

As you will see in this raw dash-cam video, while the intense flames, heat and smoke were engulfing these Heroes, they were so determined to save these lives even knowing all the while this car could explode at any moment. The Fire Department Heroes arrived and were able to help with the rescue. These Super Heroes, Red, White and Blue, were able to get the job done and three injured passengers, along with Lomax and his passenger, Feliciano White, 22, were transported to the hospital ... ALIVE. Though Jennifer's passengers have a long painful road to recovery, it is due to the selflessness of these Warriors that they even have a chance. Our thoughts are with Garcia family in their time of grief along with the victims and their families.

All of you were amazing and truly represented what Law Enforcement is about ... Saving, Serving and Protecting the People. We thank you all. JOB WELL DONE EVERYONE!!

~written by Nessie for Law Enforcement Today~

Police Cruiser dash cam video of rescue:

courtesy of Des Moines (Iowa) Police Department:

Michael Lomax has been charged with vehicular homicide w/ recklessness.

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