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Three officers credited with saving woman from burning car in Sycamore Township

WKRC Cincinnati logo WKRC Cincinnati 1/13/2021 WKRC Staff
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SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) — Several officers are being hailed heroes for rescuing a woman from a burning car, and body camera video caught the whole incident.

A Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy found a missing woman, Mary Thress, passed out inside a crashed car this weekend. And while the deputy was trying to break the window, a fire started.

Two other officers arrived to help her out. One was supposed to meet her for dinner while the other just happened to help change her tire earlier in the day.

As the flames grew, one of the officers decided to use his gun to get in. Then, another officer undid the woman's seat belt while the third dove in and pulled the woman to safety.

"You know, to be willing to go into a burning car and save someone is beyond anything," Thress said. "And I wish him the best too because I understand his hands were burned, and I'm going to be reaching out to him today."

Montgomery Police Officer Richard Riley has burns to his hands, wrist and head but is recovering at home.

Thress ended up with burns to her face, elbow and hands. She says a diabetic episode caused her to crash. And, she says she was actually delivering cakes to police stations before the crash in honor of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

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