SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Running toward danger is part of the job. Figuring out what to do when you get there is all about steady nerves and training. “Running up to the car, we all noticed the smell of gas, so we knew we had a time constraint. We had to do everything as quick as possible,” says Savannah Police Officer Jason Neff.
According to a SPD, after hitting a light pole and two trees , A Lincoln Town Car caught fire in the middle of Henry Street Monday night.
The driver got out on his own, but the 18 year-old woman in the passenger seat was knocked unconscious and trapped inside by a jammed door.
With little time to think, and no room for mistakes, officers pulled the teen over the front seat and out of the back door to safety. Officer Molly Moran was one of the first on the scene. “I think we were very grateful that everybody was ok. People were injured, but at the same time nobody lost their life.”
Both driver and passenger were taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but are expected to be ok. Shift supervisor Corporal Jake Davey says he’s proud of his officers actions, but more than that he says they’re all humbled to be of service. “Police officers have a different kind of calling. Ya know, we’re out there to help people. It’s not about money; it’s not about fame or anything like that. We generally are about the citizens that we serve, and we want to make a difference.”
And Monday they did, saving a life and earning a title officers often shy away from… Heroes.
Police say the driver, Jaydon Brown, 18, struck a light pole and a tree head-on after he failed to maintain his lane. The car then spun into the middle of the roadway where it eventually came to a rest and caught fire.
The seven officers involved in the rescue were:
• Cpl. Jacob Davey
• Officer Timothy Valmont
• Officer Janson Neff
• Officer Molly Moran
• Officer Sidney Delince
• Officer Jason Zimmerman
• Officer Anthony Traniello
“I am so proud of these officers for their actions when responding to the scene last night,” Chief Roy Minter said. “They literally ran toward the flames and worked quickly as a team to not only remove the passenger from the car but get her to a safe location. Had they not acted as they did, the passenger in the car could have suffered more serious injuries or even lost her life.”
Firefighters were able to extinguish the flame engulfed car.