It happened just before 2 a.m. Saturday in Ridgefield Park, Bergen County.
The Ridgefield Park Police Department told the Daily Voice New Jersey that the officer who was first to the scene of the car fire, Sgt. Nicholas Triano, discovered that the male driver was unable to get out of the vehicle.
Sergeant Triano was soon joined by two other officers, Anthony D’Elia and Nichola D’Alto.
All three tried to get the man out through the driver’s side window but were pushed back by the intense flames and heat, authorities said.
They used fire extinguishers to douse some of the flames, which allowed them to grab the man and pull him out through the passenger-side window.
In bodycam footage released by authorities on Tuesday, the three officers could be heard yelling “Come on” as they pulled the driver’s arms.
After the man got out of the vehicle, officers dragged him to a safe distance and administered first aid. The neighborhood fire brigade arrived to put out the fire.
The man was apparently fine as police said he was handed over to a family member at the scene.
Police said an electrical fault caused the fire in the car.
“Over the weekend, our officers risked their lives to save a motorist trapped in his burning vehicle. We commend them for their courage and this is another example of the RPPD’s commitment to their community!” The Ridgefield Park Police Department posted on its Facebook page.
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