City employees rescue man from burning car
Two city employees pulled a man from a burning car after he crashed on 7000 South following a diabetic issue on July 12.
Ryan Timm and Scott Mortenson were honored with a Kudos award at city hall on Aug. 8 by the police department and city for pulling the driver out of the burning vehicle.
“The driver would not exit the vehicle, so Ryan and Scott went over and had to break into the car and remove the person from the car while it was on fire,” Chief Doug Diamond said. “So they had to put their own safety in jeopardy to get this man out of the car before the fire department could get there.”
The car had swerved off 7000 South and crashed through a rock garden into a front yard, where it burst into flames.
Timm and Mortenson were working in the area and immediately ran over to help.
Two other residents used vehicle fire extinguishers to help put out the fire, but left before being identified.
“Our city employees did an extraordinary thing,” Diamond said. “This could have had a much more tragic ending,”