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Flaming Heroes: Cops Pull Woman From Burning Vehicle

The superhuman rescue took place in San Antonio, Texas, on June 23.

Heroic police officers pulled a burning crashed car apart with their bare hands to free a trapped woman.

The superhuman rescue took place in San Antonio, Texas, on June 23.

Footage of the feat shows flames pouring out of the flipped SUV as the two officers struggle to open the driver’s door.

But the buckled door frame refuses to budge, so the pair bend the entire door in half to they can reach the victim and pull her to safety.

San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) said: “On June 23, 2022, West Patrol Officers Samuel Botello and Roberto Mireles responded to a major crash at St. Cloud and Donaldson.

“With the help of citizens, officers helped save a woman from a burning vehicle.

“A huge shout out to SAPD West Patrol Officers Roberto Mireles #0852 and Samuel Botello #0304!

“Together, they helped save a woman from a burning vehicle. Way to go Officers Mireles & Botello.”

In the footage, a caption reads: “On Thursday, June 23, 2022, West Patrol Officers Roberto Mireles and Samuel Botello responded to a major crash at St. Cloud and Donaldson.

Picture of West Patrol Officer Samuel Botello who helped save a woman from a burning vehicle, on  June 23, in San Antonio, Texas.  (San Antonio Police Department/Zenger)

“Officer Botello was the first to arrive on the scene after hearing the crash.”

The footage shows the cop arriving at the overturned car and telling colleagues: “I can’t get the driver out, the vehicle is on fire.”

He tackles the flames with a fire extinguisher before instructing a colleague: “Try to keep that fire down.”

The officer then wrenches on the driver’s door in an attempt to rescue the trapped woman.

Officer Botello explains: “My worst fear was that the vehicle was going to blow up and we wouldn’t be able to get the people inside the vehicle out.”

Officer Mireles says he arrived on the scene and helped his colleague to “push on the door”.

Officer Botello states: “We grabbed onto her and pulled her out, got her a safe distance away and we got the other occupants of the other vehicle out.”

Officer Mireles says: “There were also several neighbors who came out and they were extinguishing the fire at the same time.

Picture of West Patrol Officer Roberto Mireles who helped save a woman from a burning vehicle, on June 23, in San Antonio, Texas.  (San Antonio Police Department/Zenger)

“I really appreciate how the community came in and helped every which way they could to extinguish and basically get everybody out of danger and to safety.”

“At the end of the day it all comes down to, we’re just mere humans, right?

“We’re just wearing the uniform. Yes, it’s a duty we take, but we’re here because we love our community and want to take care of everybody else.”

The video ends with the caption: “Firefighters arrived and were able to extinguish the fire. Everyone involved in the crash survived.”

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