CHICAGO — Four Chicago police officers rescued two people from a burning car early Sunday morning.
The car caught fire after hitting several parked cars in the Gresham neighborhood.
The four officers, Eric King, Phoebe Flores, Josue Pivaral and Shadai Sweiss, were all smiles Sunday afternoon, retelling the story of how they rescued the two people. They had to work fast as the car was already engulfed in flames when they pulled.
The officers say moments after they got the two people out, they heard a small explosion. It all started around 2 a.m. Sunday near 77th and Loomis when the driver of the car hit several parked cars.
The driver made it out on his own, but the two passengers were knocked unconscious by the crash. When the officers showed up, they yelled to get the two men to regain consciousness; one made it out on his own while officers had to pull the other passenger out of window because the passenger door wouldn’t work.
Officer say a fire extinguisher given to them by a 10-year-old in the neighborhood bought them some extra time to get the people out.
The three people in the car were taken to the hospital and are all expected to be just fine. The driver got a number of tickets, including driving on suspension. Police are checking to see if alcohol was a factor but right now they believe speed is to blame.