A North Brunswick, New Jersey police officer helped rescue two women from a fiery wreck last week.
Officer Anthony Torres was on patrol on Oct. 24 around 3 p.m. traveling on Route 130 and approaching Finnegans Lane, when he noticed a wreck with smoke coming from the vehicle, according to a news release.
He turned around and approached the scene to find that several witnesses were also pulling over. He exited his patrol car as the engine compartment was now showing visible fire. He returned to his vehicle momentarily to retrieve a knife, then ran to the vehicle that was still occupied by two females.
The driver of the Honda SUV was obviously disoriented, while the passenger was frantic to get out of the vehicle. Both females were pinned in the car. He cut the driver from her seat belt, and with the help of a good Samaritan, bent the door frame in order to make room to get them out.
The passenger was able to get out through the window and get to safety. As the flames were getting worse, Officer Torres removed the driver through the window and dragged her to safety and waited with her until the arrival of FIRE/EMS.
The vehicle was engulfed in flames a very short time later.
"There is no doubt that lives were saved by the Officer and good Samaritans that chose to pull over and help," the North Brunswick Police Department wrote in a statement. "We are proud of Officer Torres' actions, as well as all of our Officers that stand ready to do this work on a daily basis."