San Diego officer lauded for pulling driver from burning car
A San Diego police officer is being lauded for quick thinking and bravery for pulling an unconscious driver from a burning car after a traffic accident Tuesday night.
Dionisio "Danny" Medina, 27, a Navy veteran and four-year member of the police department, was on patrol in the mid-city area when he spotted a stalled Chevrolet Impala hit by a Chevrolet sport utility vehicle.
When the Impala caught on fire, Medina broke a window and pried open one of the doors, pulling the unconscious 20-year-old driver to safety. As Medina pulled the man to safety, the car burst into flames.
Both drivers were later taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Medina was treated for smoke inhalation.
"It was a very heroic act," said Capt. Brian Ahearn.
And Medina? "He's back on patrol," Ahearn said. "He just wants to do his job."
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: San Diego Police Officer Dionisio Medina
Credit: San Diego Police Department