An off-duty Cobb County Police Department officer received unexpected help in rescuing a fellow Georgia resident.
In September, Officer Hawkins was driving home from work when he noticed a totaled vehicle on I-75 that had caught fire, Fox 5 reported Tuesday.
“Several Good Samaritans had stopped and were assisting the victim before first responders arrived,” the department said in a social media post.
Meanwhile, Hawkins rushed to a doorway where a group was standing after they each stopped to help the injured driver.
“The victim managed to get out of his wrecked car, but was still trapped behind the fenced area where he crashed,” the Fox report said, adding that the group broke into the fence.
Video footage showed several people lifting the driver off the ground and carrying her to a safe area while waiting for emergency crews to arrive and treat the victim who suffered severe burns:
Good Samaritans help police rescue victim from burning vehicle.
On September 18, Officer Hawkins was returning home from work when he encountered a vehicle completely engulfed in flames along I-75/I-285. Several Good Samaritans had stopped and were helping the victim before first responders arrived. Officer Hawkins and Good Samaritans worked together to move the victim from the burning vehicle to a safer location where he could be safely treated by medical personnel. A special thank you to those who recognized a need for help and stopped by to help another person in need.
Posted by the Cobb County Police Department on Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Later in the clip, first responders were seen tending to the driver as she lay on the ground.
Crews transported her to hospital and officials later said the victim survived the harrowing ordeal.
“A special thank you to those who recognized a need for help and stopped by to help another in need,” read the message from the Cobb County Police Department.
Meanwhile, social media users praised those who took the time to help someone they didn’t know, with one person writing: ‘Good job everyone!!! Do what we do best. Help each other,” while another said, “A big thank you to all these heroes!! »
“Incredible rescue! Such a great community response to help the victim,” someone else replied.
The Cobb County Police Department’s mission statement states that the agency is “committed to providing effective and efficient policing to the citizens and businesses of Cobb County with integrity, honor, professionalism, respect, courage and commitment”.