Firefighting, Leadership

Teen Firefighter Saves Philadelphia Police Officer from Burning Cruiser

A teenage volunteer firefighter and his neighbor jumped into action to save a Philadelphia police officer from his burning police cruiser after it was broadsided on a city street, reports NBC Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Police Officer Mark Kimsey, 30, was responding to a priority call around 5:25 p.m. Saturday when a Toyota pickup truck collided with his cruiser at the intersection of 28th and Tasker streets, police said.

The force of the crash left Kimsey trapped inside as the police cruiser burst into flames.

Seeing the flames grow around the officer, Joe Chambers, a 17-year-old volunteer firefighter with Leedom Fire Company in Delaware County, and his neighbor, 24-year-old Dante Johnson, rushed over to help.

“I saw that it was a cop car,” Chambers said. “Right then I just started sprinting and did what I had to do.”

Chambers and Johnson pulled Officer Kimsey from the window of his burning car.

“The door was slammed,” Chambers said. “It was dented and wouldn’t open. The car caught fire. He said he couldn’t feel his legs. We had to drag him through the window and he was ready for it.”

As the two good Samaritans pulled the officer to safety, other witnesses pulled the injured driver from the pickup truck.

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