‘We Were Just Trying to Help,’ say officers who rescued people from burning car

Posted at 10:04 AM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 10:04:20-04

LOS ANGELES — “We don’t really think, we just react to a dangerous situation,” said Los Angeles Police Department Officer John Carlyle of the dramatic rescue Monday of victims trapped in a burning car. Carlyle and officer Garrett Brooks worked with a passerby to pull people out of the car, reports KTLA.

Seven people were injured in the crash that involved two cars and a public transit bus.

The heroics were captured on cellphone video.

Remembering the moment, Carlyle said, “Afterwards, obviously usually things sink in, but when we’re there our main goal is to protect somebody. To save somebody.”

“It was getting pretty hot in the car and I could see the flames were coming into the passenger side, so I knew she had to get out,” he said.

“We weren’t thinking about getting hurt. We were just trying to help somebody else,” Brooks said.