Police rescue of woman from burning car caught on video

Posted at: 01/22/2014 5:50 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Dramatic lapel camera video shows Albuquerque police officers rescuing a woman from a burning car early Sunday morning. Their quick work is credited with saving her life.

Early Sunday morning, a 23-year-old woman crashed into a pole at Grant Middle School and her car caught on fire. She went unconscious and some APD officers’ quick work saved her life.

Smoke streamed from the car as officers bashed in the windows, racing to remove the driver inside. Grunting and coughing through the heat, Officers Salvado Hurtado, Mark Velarde and John Cervantes finally succeed, pulling 23-year-old Kelly Atsye to safety just as oxygen erupts the small fire into a giant blaze.

The officers’ first priority is protecting Atsye until rescue arrives. The car, engulfed in flames, continues to burn as an ambulance arrives. Assured that the young woman will be okay, the officers check on each other. One officer had to be treated for burns.

Atsye is now in stable condition. Officers say there was a smell of alcohol in her car but they are waiting on a toxicology report to determine whether she might have been impaired.