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Officer, motorists rescue driver from burning car on 405 freeway

Officer, Motorists Rescue Driver From Burning Car

LAPD Bomb Squad officer Don Thompson and other good Samaritans rescued a man on Christmas day from a burning car on the 405 Freeway in Sherman Oaks.

The 26-year veteran of the LAPD bomb squad was on his way to work in the LAX area on Christmas when he saw a burning car.

'He would have burned. There was no 'could've.' He would have died. It was just a matter of seconds. Another 10 or 15 seconds, there would have been too much fire for just about anyone to go in and deal with,' Thompson explained.

He reached into the car, popped the lock and pulled the 72-year-old driver out.

At the same time, an LA fire battalion chief was driving by and was able to make a direct call to the communication center.

Once at the hospital, the driver was suffering from light neck pain and first-degree burns.
Thompson suffered burns to his hands and forearm, but it was a small price to pay to save someone's life -- especially on Christmas.

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aqmbend December 27 2013 at 2:06 AM

LAPD is good people, despite what Hollywood would like you to believe. Thank you, ALL of you, for being there! I would have picked a small town in Minnesota!

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Mary December 26 2013 at 3:44 PM

A great story .. a brave man to the rescue !

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Mary Mary December 26 2013 at 3:51 PM

Ahhh, the "rest of the story" .. from KTLA .. the driver was then charged with DUI ..

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richard.ramos28 Mary December 26 2013 at 4:54 PM

Did his DUI cause the fire?

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Sonja Mary December 26 2013 at 5:31 PM

Put his white ass in jail for a months.
than take the keys away.
spoken from a german women .
dont do the crime, you wont have to do the time.
ps. baretta from the little raskel, use to say it on his show.
later he kiiled his wife bonnie, or something to this name.
anyway, because of being rich he bought the best Lwyer, and got free plus no money left.
lession lerned.

hope all those rich white man , wake up and use their common sence, more likely not.
as my brother would say in germany, only inAmerica.
peace. sincerly sonja wolff.

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Josephine December 26 2013 at 3:38 PM

WOW, he was a lucky man to have these brave people save him

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LUCILA STELLA December 26 2013 at 3:31 PM


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us118 December 26 2013 at 3:24 PM

Another Hero Police Officer God Bless You

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CD Willinda December 26 2013 at 2:51 PM

Fantastic. God Bless the man for saving a life

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vamosley1235 December 26 2013 at 2:40 PM


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dpg1dspd December 26 2013 at 2:17 PM

Its what they have dedicated their lifes to and thank God for them.

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Heidi Ann December 26 2013 at 2:10 PM

It's good to hear of someone being saved around Christmas. There has been too much death around lately.

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KATHY December 26 2013 at 4:32 PM

You are the true definition of a hero!

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