NYPD officers Eddie Wong and Annette Lancaster risked their lives to save two people caught in a burning car on July 4. According to a NY1 report, Wong and Lancaster were nearby when a car crashed into the elevated train platform’s stanchion, bursting into flames at the intersection of McDonald Avenue and Avenue T.
The officers first smashed the windows of the burning car to provide ventilation as the smoke and flames grew in intensity. With the help of onlookers, the officers managed to pry open the driver’s side door, which was damaged in the accident. They pulled out the male 27-year-old driver but had trouble helping the 55-year-old female passenger in the front seat. Wong fought the flames with a fire extinguisher provided by a local resident while the woman was taken out through the broken window.
The New York Post reported that both Wong and Lancaster were injured in the ordeal, suffering from smoke inhalation and other minor injuries. The officers were treated for their injuries at Maimonides Hospital while the occupants of the car were treated for minor injuries at Lutheran Hospital.