- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MESQUITE, Texas (AP) - Two Dallas-area police officers have saved an unconscious man trapped in a burning SUV in a dramatic rescue captured on patrol car video.

Mesquite police Officers Ryan Nielson and Autumn Soto are being praised for the rescue of 25-year-old Hector Valles (VY’-uhs).

The officers responded to a single-vehicle crash early Sunday along Interstate 30 and found the driver still inside the wrecked, burning vehicle.

The video shows the officers struggling to open a door of the burning SUV and, with the help of a good Samaritan, dragging the driver to safety. The officers are heard yelling encouragement to the injured man.

Lt. Brian Parrish said some of the driver’s clothes were on fire.

Relatives say Valles was taken to a hospital, for treatment of burns and broken bones.


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