Things could have ended quite horribly for a woman who found herself trapped inside a flame-engulfed car on Friday evening, but a quick-thinking police officer’s frantic moves to save her changed everything.
Kimberly Novak said she’s the woman seen in dramatic bodycam footage that shows Officer Tim Schwering scrambling to try and smash her car window in an effort to save her life before flames completely overtook her car, ABC News reported.
The ordeal reportedly unfolded in Spokane, Washington, on Friday night when Novak got in the car to pick up some ice cream at the store. But her vehicle hit some slush and then died before somehow catching fire. After realizing she was trapped inside, she called 911.
With Novak unable to break the windows from the inside, Schwering rushed to the scene to try and help.
The officer broke the driver-side window with his baton and Novak was able to miraculously escape completely unharmed; a neighbor who saw it all unfold ran outside to help pull Novak out of the car.
Now, Novak is speaking out to thank the cop and her neighbor, openly sharing her ordeal.
“I honestly believed I may not make it out of there. I thought I was going to die there and so panic was definitely setting in and I did everything within my power and kicking as hard as I possibly could,” Novak told KXLY-TV. “I started dialing 911. Flames were shooting up. It’s happening that fast and I thought it would get me fast too.”
Watch the entire incident unfold via bodycam footage below:
For his part, Schwering told the outlet he’s just happy he was there and was able to help.
And his good deeds didn’t end there, as the officer brought Novak some ice cream and a bottle of wine the day after the ordeal unfolded.
(H/T: ABC News)
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