Cookeville officer and paramedic recount heroic car fire rescue | New
COOKEVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Amazing body camera video on Monday shows an officer and paramedic in action to rescue an unconscious man from a burning car.
It happened just after midnight on 9th Street in Cookeville. Now these first responders are honored as heroes.
Officer David Baker and paramedic Justin Remillard said they had never met or worked together on a stage before. However, as a team, they were able to save a man’s life.
Officer Baker’s body camera captured these moments. With a fire extinguisher in hand, paramedic Justin Remillard told Baker that there was someone inside the car who was engulfed in flames.
“I heard one of the paramedics. I guess it was Justin, say, ‘Hey, he’s still inside,'” Baker recalls. “So I went from fighting the fire to,” Hey, we’ve got to get this guy out of the vehicle. “”
“He came back, and we worked together to hold the fire long enough to get him out of the vehicle,” Remillard said.
COOKEVILLE, TN (WSMV) – First responders in Cookeville are hailed as heroes after rescuing a driver from a burning vehicle early Monday morning.
In the video, Baker said he could hear the person inside gasping.
“That’s when the overdrive kicked in like, ‘Hey, we’ve got to get this guy out now or he’s going to suffocate,'” Constable Baker recalled.
Remillard said that after the door opened Baker began to work on the seat belt. The video shows with a quick pull, Baker pulls the driver out of the car – all with the help of a new first responder partner.
“I am sure we will have a strong working relationship,” Baker commented. “He has my back. I have his.”
“I’m sure if we find ourselves in the situation I know I can count on him,” Remillard said.
Baker and Remillard said the man inside the car was recovering. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.