PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Phoenix police have released dramatic body camera video of officers saving a man from a burning car last week.
The crash happened near 34th Street and Osborn Road at around 6:30 a.m. last Thursday. Phoenix police said when officers arrived to the crash, they found the car on fire and an unconscious man inside.
RAW VIDEO: Phoenix Officers Rescue Man From Fiery Wreck
Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said officers tried to open the driver's side door but it was locked. One of the officers tried to break the glass with a tool but was unsuccessful. In the process, that officer injured his hand. The other officer asked a neighbor for something that could break the glass and the neighbor gave him a small fire extinguisher. The officer was then able to break the glass and both officers pulled the unconscious man out of the vehicle.
“We knew what the objective was, and it was to extract that individual from a burning car,” said one of the responding officers, Joel Kaminsky. “We tried to break the window. I sustained some injury on my hand trying to do that.”
The officers immediately began CPR on the 55-year-old man. The Phoenix Fire Department rushed him to the hospital where he remains in critical condition.
“It was pretty exciting to see that it was working, and you could see signs of life coming back to him when initially when we had contact there was no signs of life,” said Kaminsky.
Fortune said the man may have suffered a medical episode that caused the crash.