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Florida D-AFSD Risks Own Life to Save Woman Trapped in Flaming Car

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A D-AFSD in Florida risked his own safety to save the life of an accident victim by rescuing her from a flaming vehicle that minutes later was fully engulfed in fire.A D-AFSD in Florida risked his own safety to save the life of an accident victim by rescuing her from a flaming vehicle that minutes later was fully engulfed in fire.

Tampa International Airport D-AFSD Jim Flaherty was driving to work in the early morning hours of March 13th, when a vehicle sped past him. Minutes later, Flaherty observed the same vehicle crashed into the woods and on fire.

Flaherty and another passerby parked their cars and ran to the victim who was screaming that her leg was broken.She could not get out of the vehicle because the driver's door was lodged against a tree. Flaherty, whose experience includes 20 years as a NYC police detective, and the other passerby were able to pull her out of the passenger side door.

Unable to walk and complaining of chest pains, the two men carried the injured woman to safety, minutes before ten foot flames overtook the entire automobile. 

The local fire department and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office responded soon thereafter and the 23-year-old woman was airlifted from the scene to a local hospital.

Flaherty, who has been with the agency since roll-out and is also a veteran of the U.S. Army, has always dedicated his career to protecting people. After leaving the scene of the accident, Flaherty reported directly to work.

"Sometimes ourmission to protect the public extends into our off hours," said FSD Gary Milano. "D-AFSD Flaherty is a hero for saving that young woman's life."

From the Office of Strategic Communications/Public Affairs

Latest revision: 18 March 2013