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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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colibrinoir02 December 26 2013 at 11:10 PM

We still have good people out there.

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ibdoowop December 26 2013 at 10:51 PM

Officer Don Thompson is a real hero.

Thank you, sir, for your service to your community.

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SweetfeetBaby December 26 2013 at 10:31 PM

All honor to Officer Don Thompson for his helpful intent, and courageous, competent follow-through action.
A salute from this Viet Nam Veteran Marine. There are more like you Officer Thompson. It's only when things like this happen that we find and recognize you.
May Providence watch over.

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gypsidiver December 26 2013 at 10:11 PM

Good job and hope you heal soon, Officer Thompson. Be as safe as you can.

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Judy December 26 2013 at 8:56 PM

God be with AND bless our firefighters!!

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rondonit December 26 2013 at 7:24 PM

Good Job, thank you for your Service.

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Margie M Call December 26 2013 at 7:04 PM

Its nice to see all the loving energy from appreciative people recognising this heroic angelic act. It proves that there are so many more good people in this world than the few that makes up most of the news.

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marksatirv December 26 2013 at 6:53 PM

Everyone should carry a fire extinguisher in their car (plus one in the kitchen).

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Terry December 26 2013 at 7:05 PM

Good idea, but one would be worthless on a fire of this magnitude.

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hokanut December 26 2013 at 11:22 PM

We had a fire in our apt. years ago. The gas clothes drier shook while running and eventually broke the flex gas line. Replace those lines every couple of years! Nice job officers and samaritans! No doubt you guys have saved a family from years of horrid Christmas memories.

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MOE-DOG December 26 2013 at 6:48 PM

I carry a fire extingusher in my car so I dont feel helpless while someone burns to death!!

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