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Dashcam Captures Heroic Officers Pulling Teens From Burning Car

Dashcam Captures Heroic Officers Pulling Teens From Burning Car

“That’s what we get paid to do.”

Incredible video out of Des Moines, Iowa, of police officers pulling trapped teenage passengers out of a flaming car:

The dramatic dashcam video shows officers pulling passengers yelling for help out from a burning car during a fatal crash early Sunday, August 28.

The 17-year-old driver was killed, but the tragedy could have been much worse if it hadn't been for the bravery of the officers who pulled out the three other trapped teenagers from the burning car. The three survivors were taken to the hospital where two of the them will have lengthy hospital stays according to KCCI.

Police say a speeding car crashed into the teens' car after failing to stop at a traffic signal. The driver of the speeding car has been charged with vehicular homicide according to ABC 13.

KCCI reports that Sgt. Michael McTaggart, one of the six officers who pulled the teens from the flaming car, has taken on the role of fast-acting hero before. Seven years ago he rescued a woman from a burning building, however in that same fire, the woman's 3-year-old perished. After saving one life in 2004, Sgt.McTaggart told the channel then that he wished he had the opportunity to save another life.

Seven years later, Sgt. McTaggart acted heroically once again. After risking his life to pull the teens from the burning car, Sgt. McTaggart modestly put to KCCI "that's what we get paid to do."

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