Arab Police officer’s quick actions save driver from burning truck

Northeast Alabama
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ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) -- An Arab Police officer's quick actions most likely saved a life.

Early Saturday morning Sergeant Cassidy Lambert was on duty when a call came in. A truck was on fire outside a bar in Arab.

‪"When they pulled up in the parking lot they actually saw a vehicle there with a flame underneath the truck, about the bed area," Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says.

Washburn says that's when they found out someone was in the truck. "The driver was asleep inside the vehicle," he says.

Dashboard cam video released to WHNT News 19 shows Sergeant Lambert running to the car, shouting for the driver to get out.

He climbs inside the burning truck, still working to get the driver out of the vehicle. Then the video shows an explosion. "The gas tank ruptured," Washburn says.

"The driver and the officer were both able to get out, no one was injured," Assistant Chief Washburn says.

Sergeant Lambert and another officer get the driver to safety, and the fire department arrives on scene.

Arab Police don't expect any foul play involved. ‪"The truck was still running, so I'm assuming it was probably something electrical that caused the fire," Assistant Chief Washburn says.  ‬

The department says Sergeant Lambert's quick actions most likely saved a life.

"This guy could have slept through this, totally unaware of what was going on. I think the officer put his life in jeopardy as well trying to save someone else and he did a fantastic job," Washburn says.

Arab Police are not releasing the name of the man involved.

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