Cop and Good Samaritan honored for rescuing couple from burning car

A Louisville, Ky., police officer and a Good Samaritan are being publicly recognized this week after the Louisville Metro Police Department released video of the pair dragging an unconscious couple from a burning car.

According to WHAS, LMPD Fifth Division Officer Jeff Rodgers responded on Feb. 2 to a vehicle crash with injuries. Rodgers discovered that a car had crashed into a utility pole and caught fire. Nathaniel Boyer was already on the scene, working to free the unconscious driver. With the flames growing, Rodgers ran to the car, smashed a window, and extracted the incapacitated passenger before flames engulfed the car.

On April 25, LMPD released dashcam video from Rodgers' cruiser showing the daring rescue. A post on the department's Facebook page along with the video praised their bravery.

"If not for the quick thinking and actions by both Officer Rodgers and the Good Samaritan, more than likely neither occupant would have survived the accident. Officer Rodgers and Mr. Boyer will be nominated for a life-saving award. You both make us very proud!"

This isn't the first time we've talked about burning cars this week. We also brought you the tale of Gold Teeth, who had to be pulled from the burning wreckage of a van - saved by the very police who were chasing him. Then there was this lady who risked life and limb to pull a young woman out of a burning car in New Hampshire. And there was that big car-tanker crash, explosion and fire that locked down Los Angeles freeways. That's a lot of car fires and mayhem for one week.

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