MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
Prince George’s County Firefighters and County Police Officers teamed up to save a life early this morning. At around 12:30 am, Friday, September 4, both public safety agencies were alerted to respond to the 2700 block of Lakewood Street in Suitland for a personal injury accident with subsequent reports of a vehicle occupant trapped in a car that was now on fire.
County Police Officers arrived just moments before Fire/EMS units to confirm an adult male was trapped in a burning car. A police officer used his issued baton to pry open the door of the burning vehicle as firefighters from the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department arrived. Volunteer Fire Fighter Daniel Collins, wearing his personal protective gear, moved quickly and reached into a fairly well involved fire to grab the victim and pull him out as other crew members used extinguishers to knock down the fire while the rescue was being made.
Paramedics transported the adult male victim to a Burn Unit with serious burn injuries. Had it not been for the rapid response and teamwork of police and firefighters and without a second to spare, the burn injuries were minimized and the victim is expected to survive.
Congratulations on a job well done to the police officers, firefighters and medics that worked quickly and cohesively, without regard for their own personal safety, to rescue the victim and save his life. Job well done.
From what we understand a police dash-cam captured the dramatic rescue. The release of the video will occur sometime this afternoon by the County Police.