GLOUCESTER TWP-On Sunday, November 4, Troopers Thomas O’Connor and Christopher Warwick pulled an unconscious man from a burning car moments before it became fully engulfed in flames on State Highway 42 in Gloucester Township, Camden County.
At approximately 11:23 p.m., the troopers responded to a call for a car in the grass median that was possibly involved in a crash.
When troopers arrived, they observed a Ford Fusion against the metal guardrail with smoke coming from the front wheel well. The driver of the Ford was unconscious and his foot was pressed on the accelerator.
Moments after their arrival, the front end of the vehicle became engulfed in flames. The troopers worked relentlessly to free the entrapped driver from the car as the fire began to spread to the passenger compartment.
Within seconds of the car becoming fully engulfed in flames, Trooper O’Connor and Trooper Warwick were able to pull the man out of the driver side window and drag him to safety.
Once out of the car, the driver regained consciousness and did not sustain any injuries in the crash. After an evaluation by EMS, the driver declined any further medical attention.
The quick and decisive actions of Trooper O’Connor and Trooper Warwick undoubtedly prevented a tragedy.