WHITE PLAINS, N.Y – A New York State Trooper is being hailed as a hero after
dragging an unconscious man from a car after it slammed into a gas pump
and burst into flames.John Vescio was pumping gas last week when a 69-year-old man lost control of his car and crashed into the gas station.
“I went to look up and to see what was going on and the next thing I knew the pump was coming down on top of me,” Vescio said.
In the video, the trooper can be seen running away as the gas pump ignited along with the car.
Vescio can be seen returning to the burning car and dragging the unconscious driver to safety.
Vescio had been hurt in the chain-reaction crash when the pump fell on top of him. He scrambled away just as the front of the Toyota and the pump caught fire. After briefly escaping from the flames, he returned to drag the trapped driver to safety with help from another bystander.
Vescio then told people to move away, knowing that there was ammunition and a weapon in his heavily damaged unmarked car. His ammunition was all accounted for and didn’t explode from the flames.
Tuesday was Vescio’s first day back on the job after being injured in the crash. He said he planned on visiting the driver he saved later in the day. The man, who apparently was suffering from a diabetic episode, remained at Westchester Medical Center in stable condition
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