"GIVE ME YOUR HAND!" Video shows Camden cops rescuing people from burning cars

CAMDEN N.J. (WPVI) -- Four Camden County police officers are being recognized for their heroic efforts that saved lives.

Police say at approximately 2:30 a.m. on April 7th, officers Vaughn Edwards, Joseph Mair, Brian McCline and Vincent Russomano responded to a Interstate 676 where there was a crash involving a car and SUV.

Both cars quickly became engulfed in flames, endangering the lives of the two occupants in each vehicle.

Officer Mair was the first on scene. He was on patrol nearby in the area of 7th and Sycamore streets.

"At that time I heard a loud bang," Mair said.

The heart-pounding heroics were captured on police-worn body camera.

"Adrenaline is running, and I knew immediately that someone is inside the vehicle still," said Officer Edwards.

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Body cam video shows Camden County, New Jersey police officers saving people from burning cars after a crash on Interstate 676 on April 7, 2019.

With the clock ticking, windows were shattered and doors were taken down.

The flames so intense that at point officer Russomano's uniform caught fire.

"It can be replaced, not a big deal," he said.

The officers say they did have some help along the way from a couple of passersby who they say deserve just as much credit for the rescue.

There were about four strangers, the officers estimate. Police want them to come towards so that they too can recognized for their bravery.

"If the good Samaritans weren't there it probably would have turned out much worse," said Officer McCline.

Also assisting were former Camden County Police Officer and now Delaware River Port Authority Officer Franklin Flash.

The four police officers, all in their late 20s and early 30s, remained modest about their efforts as they were named Officers of the Week

"It's just what we do every day," said Officer McCline.
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