VIDEO: Deputies Save Man From Burning To Death In Car
By Space Coast Daily // February 9, 2015
broke out car’s window with flashlights
ABOVE VIDEO: On Christmas day, Deputy Joseph Trimboli and Eric Keyes responded to a traffic crash in Destin, Florida around 3 a.m. When they got there, the car was on fire.
DESTIN, FLORIDA – On Christmas Day 2014, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputies Joseph Trimboli and Eric Keyes responded to a traffic crash with injuries on Main Street in Destin.
They arrived to find heavy flames around the rear of the car.
The flames were spreading to the inside, and the incoherent motorist, an unnamed 45-year-old man from Bradenton, was behind the wheel, and the car’s doors were locked.
With flames spreading from the back of the car to the front, Deputy Keyes broke out the car’s window with his flashlight.
The victim’s clothes were already on fire, and with the car fully engulfed, Deputies Keyes and Trimboli pulled him out of the car through the broken window, risking their own lives to save the driver’s.
The cause of the fire was not released.
The victim, who was treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation, later expressed his gratitude for their heroic efforts.
For their actions, putting their own personal safety aside to save the life of another individual, earned Deputies Trimboli and Keyes the respect of their co-workers and supervisors – and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office “Medal of Merit.