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Officer pulls teens from burning car, wins award

8:45 AM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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The accident happened early Saturday morning as Sergeant Jesse Garcia was riding his motorcycle home.

As he was riding home from his shift early Saturday morning Sergeant Jesse Garcia spotted a car on fire in the distance.

When he got closer he saw two teens inside.

Sgt. Garcia pulled the 17-year-old and 19-year-old to safety, placing his hands and head in the burning car to get a hold of them.

"The fact of the matter is that Sgt. Garcia is a hero in every since of the word," said San Antonio Police Chief Bill McManus.

"Never in my mind did I think that there would be people inside the vehicle," Sgt. Garcia said. "And I heard her saying that 'I don't want to die this way. I don't want to die. So don't leave me.' So, I just grabbed her."

"I felt it when it cracked, and it caught on fire," explained Sgt. Garcia. "I could hear it, and I said it was just going to get bad."

Others came out to help too.

Sgt. Garcia said it was an unbelievable site.

"I felt like a UFO had just landed," said Sgt. Garcia. "It was such a surprise. I mean, you're shocked. I mean, I teach over at SAC, and one of the things I tell them is that you never realize how surprised you can be. You have to train your mind to work beyond the surpriseness."

The two teens are recovering at a local hospital.

Sgt. Garcia is also recovering and says he hopes to return to the force very soon.

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