Gulf County deputy saves man from burning truck

 GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – A Gulf County Sheriff’s Office deputy rescued a man trapped in his burning vehicle near the Howard Creek area Tuesday morning. While Deputy Swift was on a routine patrol he was flagged down and alerted to a car in a nearby ditch. Swift quickly ran to the car, which was […] [[{“value”:”

GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – A Gulf County Sheriff’s Office deputy rescued a man trapped in his burning vehicle near the Howard Creek area Tuesday morning.

While Deputy Swift was on a routine patrol he was flagged down and alerted to a car in a nearby ditch. Swift quickly ran to the car, which was producing heavy smoke, and attempted to pull the driver from the passenger side door to no avail.

“The conditions weren’t ideal as the truck was getting hot to the touch from the fire and heavy smoke made it more difficult, but that didn’t deter Deputy Swift,” GCSO officials wrote in a Facebook post.

According to GCSO, Swift along with a bystander then busted out the driver’s side window and pulled him to safety. Just a few moments later the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.

“Had Deputy Swift not been actively patrolling the area and taken such ‘swift’ action, this might have been a very different outcome,” GCSO officials said.

EMS checked out the driver while fire crews worked to extinguish the flames.

Officials confirmed the driver sustained no injuries.

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