Delaware police officers, with help from a good Samaritan, displayed their heroism by lifting an SUV to rescue an elderly woman trapped underneath.
The New Castle County Division of Police released body camera footage of the incident, which showed five officers and a neighbor jumping to action to lift the vehicle and extricate the trapped 70-year-old woman whose right leg was caught in the wheel well.
According to police, the woman forgot to put the vehicle in park and became stuck when the car rolled backward.
The woman’s neighbor, Kyle Stant, was fortunately there to assist and call police. He at first tried to lift the car with a jack before police arrived, but the jack was too short.
Stant told WPVI-TV that “he did everything in his power” to help.
“She said, ‘Kyle, please help me, don’t leave me,’ and I told her, ‘I am not going to leave you. We are going to get through this. We are going to get you out.’”
Four officers then arrived on the scene outside the woman’s home in the Country Creek community, and with help from Stant, they lifted the vehicle while a fifth officer pulled her out from under the wheel well.
Police said the woman was sent to a nearby hospital for treatment of her injuries and is reported to be in serious but stable condition.
The New Castle County Division of Police Traffic Services Unit does not believe alcohol was involved in the accident.
Mark Logemann, chief of New Castle County Emergency Medical Services Division, praised those involved for their heroism.
“The quick thinking and physical actions of the bystander and the officers from the Division of Police played a major role in this patient being protected from further injury and possibly death,” Logemann said.