Dramatic video shows first responders trying to pull man from burning car on I-75
BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Three Boone County Sheriff’s deputies were honored Monday for their efforts to rescue a man trapped in a burning car.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office released dramatic body cam video of the rescue attempt.
According to the sheriff, first responders were called to a report of a single-vehicle accident on northbound I-75 at the 168 mile marker on July 4.
The three Boone County Sheriff’s deputies, a Kentucky State Police trooper and Kenton County police officers arrived on the scene and found the car in flames.
They immediately began working to try and put out the fire and pull out the driver, who was pinned in the car.
In the video, the officers are seen frantically working to keep the flames off the man’s body by using fire extinguishers as they waited for the firetruck, which was stopped in traffic, to arrive.
Explosions could be heard coming from the wreckage.
The driver, 51-year-old David Harris Jr., of Reynoldsburgh, Ohio, was removed from the car after the fire was extinguished and flown to the University Hospital in Cincinnati where he died the next day, according to the sheriff.
On Monday, Boone County Sheriff Michael A. Helmig recognized Sergeant Jared DeMoisey, Deputy Nick England, and Deputy Richard Pauls for their heroic actions.
Deputies England and Pauls received the Sheriff’s Citation for Bravery Medal. The sheriff says they were recognized for never leaving the vehicle or the victim the entire time while fighting the fire in an attempt to save his life. They encouraged him to try and free his legs to aid in his rescue.
Sergeant DeMoisey received the Deputy’s Medal for clearing traffic to allow the fire truck to get to the scene.