Richard Borgstrom was driving on the Sam Houston Parkway, also referred to as Beltway 8, in Pasadena, Texas, before 2:10 a.m. when he heard a loud crash nearby.
A commercial work truck hit Deputy K. LeMelle’s patrol vehicle — parked on the shoulder of the street on the 1300 block of the beltway over St. Augustine Street — from behind, resulting in her vehicle engulfing in flames, according to a press release from the Harris County Precinct 8 Constable’s Office.
Borgstrom drove up to the site of the crash and realized that LeMelle was trapped inside the fiery patrol car. He told ABC 13 that he initially tried punching the window but was unsuccessful, which led him to grab a trailer hitch from his truck and break the window.
Borgstrom pulled LeMelle out through the window before the flames reached the driver’s side.
Authorities told ABC 13 that the tow truck driver’s heroic actions not only saved the deputy from the flames but also from the ammunition inside the vehicle that was starting to explode. Responding officers reportedly had to take cover from flying bullets upon arrival at the scene.
“I wasn’t about to just leave her in there and let her die,” Borgstrom told the outlet.
LeMelle was taken to the hospital with non-life treating injuries but required ten staples to her head due to a cut and three stitches to her chin, ABC 13 reported. She was later released from the hospital and is resting at home, according to the constable’s office.
The driver and passenger of the commercial work truck sustained minor injuries.
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