- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) - Two law enforcement officers are credited with saving the life of a driver whose SUV erupted in flames along a Twin Cities highway.

Douglas Aure, of Champlin, hit a cable barrier on Highway 169 during the snowy morning commute Thursday. Unconscious with his foot on the accelerator, the SUV’s spinning tires caught fire, then ignited leaking fuel.

Maple Grove Officer Jesse Mathwig was first on the scene and grabbed his fire extinguisher, but he couldn’t knock down the flames consuming the locked vehicle.

“They were eventually successful in breaking out the glass in the driver’s side of the vehicle, with a very large flash light,” said Maple Grove Capt. Tracy Stille.

The driver’s daughter, Rachel Aure, said she was immensely grateful.

“I can’t say thank you enough times. And I feel like even if they would’ve been there even a minute later thinks would’ve been a lot different right now,” she told KARE-TV (https://kare11.tv/1bcF0JQ ).

By the time Douglas Aure was loaded into the ambulance, the blaze had overtaken his SUV.

“It’s amazing to me that people risk their lives to save other people’s lives,” Rachel Aure said. “And that’s really what they did, they saved his life.”


Information from: KARE-TV, https://www.kare11.com

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