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Watch: Off-Duty Cop Rescues Man From Burning Car

Surveillance video shows the police officer dragging the driver to safety

Surveillance footage from a White Plains, NY gas station last Tuesday shows a car crashing into a gas pump, causing flames to erupt.

Fortunately, an off-duty police officer was at the gas station at the same time. John Vescio, a New York State Police senior investigator, sprang to action and pulled the elderly driver from the crashed car to safety. The 69-year-old driver was apparently suffering from a diabetic episode and had been trapped inside his car.

Both escaped with minor injuries, and Vescio told The Journal News he planned on visiting the driver his first day back on duty.

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