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VIDEO: Spokane officer pulls woman from burning car

Date: 2017-01-23
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Via, from a story by Matt Pusatory, KHQ Local News Web Producer

A Spokane (WA) police officer is credited with saving a woman's life after he pulled her from a burning car on the city’s north side.

Shortly before 10PM on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, Spokane 9-1-1 received  a call from a woman reporting she was trapped in her burning vehicle.  “She told police she was trying to kick the windows out but couldn't,” KHQ’s Matt Pusatory reported in an online news story. Dispatchers simulcast the fire call on the Spokane police frequency, and several officers responded to the call.

“Officer Tim Schwering was the first to arrive on the scene, just before fire crews,” Pusatory wrote. “He managed to break a hole in the window with his baton, but was unable to unlock the door. He was forced to reach in and pull the entire driver's side window out, then he helped the woman climb out of the window. A neighbor also helped with rescue efforts.”

Office Schwering was treated and released from a local hospital for smoke inhalation; the vehicle’s driver was treated at the scene and released from further medical need. The neighbor who helped was treated for a minor cut from the broken window.

Click here or on image above right to watch the Officer’s body cam footage of the rescue.

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