Police pull woman from burning vehicle following crash

Updated: Nov. 15, 2019 at 11:31 PM EST
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FARMVILLE, Va. (WWBT) - A heart-stopping rescue by two Farmville police officers was caught on camera Thursday morning.

Police arrived at the scene around 4:15 a.m. in the 1600 block of E. Third Street to find a woman trapped inside of her burning car. Now, they’re being hailed as heroes for their quick response.

They raced to the rescue with little time to process everything that’s going on. Farmville Police Officer Dalton Foley can be seen dragging a 57-year-old woman to safety as her car went up in flames.

"She was breathing but unconscious, so I was able to cut her seat belt off and get her out,” Foley said.

Just in the nick of time. The car was still burning.

"As soon as we pulled her out and you can see on the bodycam footage, we’re about four or five feet away from the vehicle dragging her and the cab of the vehicle had just caught on fire,” Officer Olivia Martin added.

Martin approached the dangerous inferno to make sure no one else was in the car. Fortunately, there wasn't.

"We just kept trying to drag her further away…In the vehicle, she was unconscious. We got her out and she was able to hear us. She would nod and she was making sounds…(We were) asking her if she could breathe and she was nodding no and answering us,” Officer Martin said.

Now that the brave officers have had time to think it all over, they’re not so quick to call themselves heroes.

"It felt like any normal day. We just went in and did what we had to do,” Foley said.

"We just did our job,” Martin added.

A job that saved a life because these fearless first responders took a brave step right in harm's way.

It took all of 30 seconds for them to remove the victim from her car, but both officers say it felt like an eternity.

The woman was listed in critical but stable condition at VCU medical. There is no word on what caused the fire.

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