Greenfield officers pull teen from burning car crash

Kristin

GREENFIELD, Ind — Two Greenfield law enforcement officers pulled a teenager from a fiery car or truck crash in excess of Fourth of July weekend. The rescue was caught on an officer’s sprint cam and occurred just minutes in advance of the vehicle was engulfed in flames.

“I believe that currently, if we weren’t there to reply on that, considering the fact that we know wherever [Hancock County Deputies are] coming from, that could have been a fatality crash,” Greenfield Law enforcement Sgt. Justin Jackson stated.

Officers say 19-calendar year-aged Jonathan Moncrief was traveling west certain on US-40 when he crossed a median resulting in his car or truck to go airborne. Following landing, it caught fire. Dispatch only received one particular get in touch with about the crash.

“There had been a pair houses close to, but none of them read the crash. If we did not have a witness that noticed it, and known as it in, it would have been far too late ahead of anyone found that vehicle there,” said Sgt. Jackson.

Sgt. Jackson rushed to the scene, though independently Greenfield Patrolman Blake Crull also drove to the incident. Hancock County Deputy barb Miers arrived initially, but her fireplace extinguisher did not stop the flames.

Patrolman Crull attempted his extinguisher, but all over again, it did not influence the hearth. He eliminated the driver’s side window, and started slashing the airbag with his knife in an endeavor to pull Moncrief by means of the window. When that did not get the job done, Miers, Crull, and a bystander started ripping off the door.

“About the time I fulfilled at the vehicle, the doorway broke cost-free, so I just straight away lunged towards the front seat, and grabbed a maintain of [Moncrief]. Patrolman Crull came all around the doorway, and grabbed the [teen]. We both pulled him from the automobile, drug him a first rate amount of money from the car to maintain him from the flames. A moment and a half to two minutes that motor vehicle was completely engulfed just after him becoming out.”

Both equally Sgt. Jackson and Patrolman Crull have a background of pulling people from wrecks.

“I experienced just one again in 2013, where I had a Mother and two daughters on a 6-car pile up that caught fire on the interstate. I was able to extract the two daughters and mom from the automobile,” mentioned Sgt. Jackson, “Crull just in fact obtained awards in 2020 for a comparable accident. A rollover car automobile fire.”

Patrolman Crull was awarded a Medal of Valor and a Lifesaving Award for his heroics in that crash on September of 2020. His human body cam footage caught him pulling out 36-year-previous Heather Fischer from her motor vehicle. It was only moments afterwards when the vehicle exploded.

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