Friday four Miami-Dade police officers were honored for bravery, after they saved a man trapped inside his burning vehicle.
Police Director Juan Perez and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez honored the men at a special ceremony in front of their comrades.
At around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, police body camera captured footage of Miami-Dade Police officers laboring quickly to rescue a man out of his burning car on the side of Palmetto Express.
Soon after the officers yanked 21-year-old Luis Carlos Aloma onto the pavement out of harm’s way, the car was engulfed in flames. See video below of rescue:
The brave men said they had no time to stop and think. Officer Vallejos said, “When I arrived, I saw the car engulfed in flames. I immediately asked a bystander, ‘Is there a man inside the vehicle?’ At which point I looked inside the vehicle, I confirmed there was a man in the vehicle, and that’s when my partners arrived and they helped me get him out of the car.”
“Acting quickly is very paramount in situations like this,” stated officer Gepsy Perez.
Officer Edward Brochu was only on the force five months before his first act of bravery, “We worked together to get this guy out as fast as possible. We got there on time. No one else was injured, and it felt great.”
According to the troopers, Aloma had been speeding with no headlights when he lost control and flipped his car upon crashing into a barrier wall.
Sanchez said, “Whether he is at fault or not at fault, the officer’s responsibility is to save lives, and that is exactly what they did.”
Officer Yovani Sosa said, “I tell myself every day, I wear this badge with pride, and I tell myself, ‘This is the best job in the world.'”
“Just get to him. There were no questions asked. Just get to him,” said Officer Joseph Vallejos.
Sanchez went on to say, “I know that at times police officers are criticized, but let me tell you, I can guarantee you, 98 percent of our officers are dedicated officers to make a difference. They put their lives in danger, and today is a perfect example.”
Aloma is still in critical condition after paramedics rushed him to the Kendall Regional Medical Center, but is expected to recover.
A Florida highway patrolman said, “This gentleman is going to be able to celebrate this Christmas with their family, thanks to these officers who, instead of running away from danger, ran towards danger, did everything to get him out of the car.”
Mayor Giménez told the officers, “I’m very happy for the gentleman whose life you saved, but I’m also very proud of you for putting your lives at risk and doing what we do best in Miami-Dade.”
H/T: WSVN 7 News
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