Officer rushes into burning wreck to save infant

A police officer in Pennsylvania is being hailed as a hero after he rescued a man and a baby from a burning car earlier this week. Officer Patrick Ribec with the Lower Swatara Township Police Department responded to a crash early Monday morning. Franklin Fisher III struck a telephone poll and flipped his vehicle with his two young children inside. His son managed to crawl out of the wreck on his own, but Fisher and the infant girl were trapped inside. By the time police arrived on the scene the vehicle was engulfed in flames. Ribec ran to the vehicle and smashed the rear window to rescue Fisher and the infant.

"I looked in and saw a little baby girl in a car seat just hanging there," Ribec told WGLA. "She wasn't crying. She wasn't yelling. She wasn't talking. She had a blank face which worried me even worse. Officer Yoder handed me a knife and I was able to cut the baby loose."

After freeing the child Ribec went back and pulled Fisher from the burning wreck. Both Fisher and the little girl were unhurt. Police told WGLA that Fisher was arrested for driving under the influence. Police are waiting for blood-test results before charging him. Although Ribec says he's he doesn't feel like a hero, the Lower Swatara Township plans to reward Ribec's bravery. Ribec is no stranger to the spotlight. Earlier this year the officer was recognized by Dauphin County for having a hand in 75 DUI arrests in 2015.

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