CPD Recognizes 2 Officers For Saving Child From Burning Car

Mike Krauser
November 14, 2019 - 1:16 pm
Two young Chicago police officers are being recognized for their actions at the scene of a fiery, roll-over crash with a child trapped inside.   

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Two young Chicago police officers are being recognized for their actions at the scene of a fiery, roll-over crash with a child trapped inside.   

Officers Raul Sandoval and his partner, Ramon Curet work the overnight shift in the 15th District on the city's Far West Side.

On Nov. 18, officers from the district were dispatched to a crash at Washington and Cicero and said they could see flames from a block away. They pulled up to find a car and SUV had crashed and the car was upside down and the underside was on fire. Five family members had been in the car.

The officers were told that a child, a boy around 5-years old, was trapped inside the burning vehicle. The officers quickly went to work. 

Officer Sandoval had a knife on his belt and he crawled through a broken rear window of the car, cut the seat belt, and pulled the boy out before the car was engulfed in flames.

While he was doing that, Officer Curet was helping an injured girl, who may have been thrown from the car.

"You don't think, you just react," he said. "I don't think any of us though we would ever be running towards a burning car, but at any moment, you don't know what is going to happen."

A minute after the boy was rescued, the fire department showed up and put the fire out.

Despite the severity of the crash and its aftermath, the child and four others from the vehicle only sustained minor injuries.

"We put our emotions to the side and just cared for the people that we are here to serve and protect," Officer Curet said. 

Sandoval nodded in agreement.

They said they were humbled by the attention, standing in front of microphones and cameras as their boss, Commander Yolanda Talley, looked on.  

"These new young officers, this is the new police department and they don't think about what they have to do, they just go out and do it," Cmdr. Talley said. "And they are well deserving of this attention." 

Both said they were doing their jobs. They have been officers for about two years.