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Bodycam Video: Cop rescues woman from burning car in Texas

A car fire in San Antonio, Texas (San Antonio Police Department/Released)
January 21, 2022

Police rescued a woman from a burning car that had become engulfed in flames after crashing in San Antonio, Texas, last week, and it was all captured on bodycam video.

Around 3 a.m. on Jan. 13, San Antonio Officer Bianca Garcia responded to reports of a car that had burst into flames in an Urgent Care parking lot on West Hildebrand Avenue and Fredericksburg Road, the department said in a statement posted on Facebook.  

“When Officer Garcia arrived on scene, bystanders told her a woman was still trapped in the vehicle. Without hesitation, Officer Garcia quickly threw on a pair of gloves and ran toward the flames, trying to pry open the passenger’s side door,” the statement explained. “When that didn’t work, Officer Garcia went to the other side of the vehicle and reached inside as the flames continued to spread.”

After managing to get one of the car doors open, Garcia urged the woman trapped inside to get out of the vehicle.

“Come on, mama. Come on, mama. Come on. Get out. Come on, mama. Your car is on fire,” Garcia said as she struggled to pull the apparently unconscious woman out of the burning car.

After a few moments, more officers arrived on scene, and the group was able to pull the woman to safety.

The department said Officer Garcia “credits teamwork by fellow SAPD Officers Jesse Armendariz and Robert Pompa in helping her bring the woman to safety.”

“You can always count on San Antonio Police to respond in any way we know how,” the statement read.

Authorities said those involved in the crash and subsequent fire “miraculously” suffered only minor injuries, Fox News reported.

Officials are investigating the cause of the accident.

Earlier this month, another intense rescue captured on bodycam video went viral.

Los Angeles Police Department officers rescued an airplane pilot from his crashed plane on railroad tracks seconds before a train pummeled into the downed aircraft.

In bodycam footage shared by the LAPD on Twitter on Jan. 9, multiple officers can be seen pulling the injured pilot from the downed plane that had crashed in the middle of train tracks. The first responders and pilot escape the tracks seconds before a train plows through the wreckage.  

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was a single-engine Cessna 172. The FAA confirmed that the pilot was the only individual on board at the time of the crash, and no one on the ground was injured.