Three good Samaritans, one of whom just happened to be a Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad officer, saved an elderly man after he crashed his car Wednesday. KTLA reported that without the quick work of the officer and passersby the elderly driver could have died.

Officer Don Thompson, a 26-year veteran of the LAPD, was on his way to work a Christmas shift when he saw a black Mercedes station wagon crash into a center divider and burst into flames, NBC Los Angeles reported. Black smoke poured out of the car as Thompson and two other struggled to free the unconscious 72-year-old driver. Another passing motorist who happened to be a fire battalion chief made a direct call to dispatch to assist with the wreck.

The driver of the Mercedes is still in the hospital with moderate injuries. Thompson was treated for burns at an urgent care center and released.


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