A police officer and college intern saved the life of an unconscious teenager on Sunday night, pulling the injured man from a burning car.
Officer Zac McDowell made multiple attempts to get into the burning car when he arrived on the scene in Urbandale, Iowa. The smoke was so thick, he couldn't see the victim even as he crawled through the car.
"I'm no more than half a foot to a foot away from this guy's head, and I still couldn't see him," McDowell tells Patch.com. "I look down, and I dropped my head to get away from the smoke, and I see part of a hand on the driver's seat."
As you can see in the video above, which police released without sound, McDowell pulls the victim, Ian Waseskuk, 18, from the burning wreck. Waseskuk was listed in serious-but-stable condition at a local hospital.
He was charged with reckless driving. Police said the accident began when Waseskuk was doing doughnuts in the snow-covered parking lot of a local church, spun out of control and hit an air-conditioning unit.
A college intern was doing a ride-along program with McDowell when they responded to the accident.
"I'm just really proud of myself that I was able to help out," police intern Nick Schroeder tells KCCI-TV. "About the only thing that was going through my mind was trying to assist officer McDowell in getting the guy out as quickly as possible."