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Hero Michigan cop saves man from burning car on busy interstate

Heart-stopping moment hero Michigan cop rescues an unconscious man from burning car in the middle of a busy interstate after rollover crash

  • Harper Woods Police Officer Luke Pauley responded to a rollover crash on I-94 in Detroit and saw a burning car
  • Bystanders were yelling there’s someone trapped inside
  • Bodycam and dashcam footage show Pauley sprinting to the burning car and pulling the victim to safety
  • The victim was fading in and out of consciousness but it’s reported that he’s going to be okay 
  • ‘All I could think of was – perfect timing, glad we got here. I don’t think he would have made it. Somebody was looking out for him,’ Pauley said 

Dramatic video captured the moment a hero cop pulled an unconscious man from a burning car on a busy Michigan interstate.  

The video begins from the vantage point of Harper Woods Police Officer Luke Pauley, whose body camera showed him responding to the scene of a rollover crash on I-94 at Moross Road in Detroit last Sunday.  

Pauley – the first officer on the scene – can be heard yelling into the radio as he puts his gloves on while running towards the car that’s engulfed in flames. 

He runs by a woman who was yelling: ‘Someone’s trapped in the car.’

Harper Woods Police Officer Luke Pauley reaches the burning car on I-94 in Detroit

The victim managed to get himself to the passenger side but was fading in and out of consciousness and couldn't get the door open

The victim managed to get himself to the passenger side but was fading in and out of consciousness and couldn’t get the door open

The driver was fading in and out of consciousness, but managed to get himself to the passenger side but wasn’t responding, Pauley told Fox 2 Detroit

‘I reached my hand in because the outside door handle was locked, and I was able to unlock the door, and he pretty much just fell into my arms and that’s when I pulled him to safety,’ Pauley told WDIV

Footage of the rescue picks up from a dashcam of a second responding officer that shows Pauley dragging the man, who was dead weight at this point, several feet from the middle I-94 to the side of the road. 

‘I was worried it was going to explode. I never knew that cars don’t explode, so it was popping. I don’t know what was making that noise, I think it’s from the tires,’ he told Fox 2 Detroit in a separate interview.

Dashcam footage from a second responding officer shows Pauley pulling the man away from the burning car

Dashcam footage from a second responding officer shows Pauley pulling the man away from the burning car

The man was unconscious at this point and dead weight, but Pauley was able to get him away from the flames and off to the side of the road where he was tended to by medics

The man was unconscious at this point and dead weight, but Pauley was able to get him away from the flames and off to the side of the road where he was tended to by medics

That’s where medics took over.  The victim was taken to a hospital, but it does appear that he’s going to be okay, Fox 2 Detroit reported. 

‘All I could think of was – perfect timing, glad we got here,’ Pauley told WDIV. ‘I don’t think he would have made it. Timing was perfect. Somebody was looking out for him.’ 

Pauly said what he did is in his job description and gives credit to other officers who responded that night, Fox 2 Detroit reported. 

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