An off-duty cop was on his way to work on Christmas day when he witnessed a fiery car crash on Los Angeles’ 405 freeway. What he did next proves he is a true hero.
Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Squad officer Don Thompson told ABC News he witnessed a car “just veer into the retaining wall.”
“It went across all lanes, and it was on fire at the time,” he added.
As chaos took hold and witnesses avoided the car engulfed in flames, Thompson can be seen on video running right up to the vehicle. He reportedly found the driver trapped inside and unconscious.
“I said to myself, ‘I have to get him out of here.’ All the while there was of all this fire. It was just really intense,” the officer recalled.
As seen on video captured by witnesses, Thompson actually jumped into the car and attempted to unbuckle the driver and pull him from the car. After failing once, he went back into the burning car yet again and managed to successfully pull the 72-year-old driver from the wreckage. Though he suffered only minor injuries, the man was reportedly arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.
After Thompson literally saved the man’s life, he reportedly became disoriented due to the intense heat. So a number of good Samaritans helped the officer until emergency personnel arrived on the scene.
Witness Dru Gash said Thompson’s actions were “incredible.”
“He’s like a superhero. He jumped in there. He opened the car door, reached in there and grabbed this guy out,” he told ABC News.