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Witnesses Rescue Police Officer Trapped In Burning Cruiser

| by Jonathan Wolfe

A group of good Samaritans teamed up to save the lives of two people in South Philadelphia on Saturday.

The trouble started around 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening when Philadelphia police officer Mark Kimsey, 30, was rushing to the scene of a crime. During his drive, Kimsey collided with a pickup truck. The accident jammed Kimsey’s door shut, trapping him inside as his car burst into flames.

Luckily for Kimsey, a volunteer firefighter and his friend were nearby. The two immediately jumped into action.

"The door was slammed," volunteer firefighter Joe Chambers said. "It was dented and wouldn't open. The car caught fire. He said he couldn't feel his legs. We had to drag him through the window and he was ready for it."

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While Chambers and his friend rescued Kimsey, other witnesses pulled the truck driver from his vehicle. Both parties were immediately taken to the hospital and treated for injuries. They are now in stable condition.

Chambers, who is only a senior in high school, shared a moment with Kimsey at the hospital afterwards.

"It felt great just to see that he was OK,'' Chambers told NBC Philadelphia. “He (Kimsey) said, 'I can't thank you enough.' I was like, 'You don't have to; it's fine. I would do it any day of the week if I had to.”

Sources: NBC Philadelphia, NY Daily News

Photo credit: bigrubeharley/Instagram, NBC 10 Philadelphia