Police officer awarded after pulling teens from burning car
POSTED: Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 4:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A 27-year veteran police officer is being called a hero after he rescued two teens from a burning car over the weekend in San Antonio, Texas.
The accident happened early Saturday morning as Sergeant Jesse Garcia was riding his motorcycle home.
As he was riding home from his shift early Saturday morning Sergeant Jesse Garcia spotted a car on fire in the distance.
When he got closer he saw two teens inside.
Sgt. Garcia pulled the 17-year-old and 19-year-old to safety, placing his hands and head in the burning car to get a hold of them.
"The fact of the matter is that Sgt. Garcia is a hero in every since of the word," said San Antonio Police Chief Bill McManus.
"Never in my mind did I think that there would be people inside the vehicle," Sgt. Garcia said. "And I heard her saying that 'I don't want to die this way. I don't want to die. So don't leave me.' So, I just grabbed her."
"I felt it when it cracked, and it caught on fire," explained Sgt. Garcia. "I could hear it, and I said it was just going to get bad."
Others came out to help too.
Sgt. Garcia said it was an unbelievable site.
"I felt like a UFO had just landed," said Sgt. Garcia. "It was such a surprise. I mean, you're shocked. I mean, I teach over at SAC, and one of the things I tell them is that you never realize how surprised you can be. You have to train your mind to work beyond the surpriseness."
The two teens are recovering at a local hospital.
Sgt. Garcia is also recovering and says he hopes to return to the force very soon.