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APD Officers, Driver Reflect On Dramatic Crash Rescue Caught On Body Camera

ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) -- Intense bodycam footage shows Atlanta police officers struggling to save a man from a burning car last weekend. The driver and the officers who saved his life recalled the horrific chain of events that ultimately led to his rescue.

Twenty-six-year-old Jalyn Turner is counting his blessings days after he nearly lost his life in this fiery crash. He says he is looking forward to thanking the officers who saved him in person.

"I just remember me driving, and next thing I know, I wake up in an ambulance, so I had no idea I was in a car fire or anything like that," he said.

It happened at North Avenue, N.W., and Oliver Street, N.W. Police confirmed a medical emergency may have caused Turner to hit a curb, go airborne and crash into two homes. No one inside either of the homes was injured.

"As soon as I pulled up, I saw a male unconscious behind the wheel of the vehicle still on fire," said Officer Willie Adams, one of the two officers who responded to the scene.

Adams responded to the scene with Officer Marcus Todd.

"It's just a situation where you have to do what you have to do. So, we both hopped out. I was right behind him," Todd said.

When the officers arrived, Turner's leg was caught inside the crushed vehicle, and the door handles were missing. They were worried the fire would spread.

"It was just a scary situation. After all that, we were thinking [about] what would have happened if the vehicle would have blew up," Adams said. "I had to break the window out just in case the fuel could become fully engulfed. We managed to move his leg around a little bit. We started pulling some more, and we were able to get the man out of the vehicle there."

Emergency crews rushed Turner to the hospital, and he was later released with a few scars.

"I was in shock because I didn't realize really how close I was to the fire just burning me alive," Adams said. "We just feel like we did our job. We did what we were trained to do."

The officers say they'll never forget that day, and neither will Turner. His scars are a reminder of what could have been and of the officers who risked their lives to save his.

"The cops do get a bad rap, but at the end of the day, we need them," he said. "I'm just happy to be alive."

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