Hero Cop & Bystanders Pull Man From Burning SUV In Alaska

Intense footage shows the moment the man escapes the flaming wreck.

A police officer and several bystanders were hailed as heroes for rescuing a man trapped in a burning SUV in Anchorage on Sunday. 

Dashcam video released by the Anchorage Police Department showed officer Mitchel Veenstra arrive at the scene of the accident, where the sole occupant of an SUV was trapped under the overturned vehicle, the department said on YouTube.

Veenstra and two bystanders tried to push the car off the pinned man, but were unable to do so on their own. That's when the officer called on others nearby to help. 

The video showed the moment the man was freed from the burning wreck:

"They were able to move the car just enough that the occupant’s arm was freed and he was able to crawl out through the sunroof to safety," department spokeswoman Renee Oistad said in a statement, according to the Alaska Dispatch News. 

"Thank to the heroic acts of nearby citizens and Officer Veenstra, a life was saved on this day," the department said in the video. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.



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