87-year-old Deborah Spear was driving on a flat tire, foregoing the dangers of doing so in order to make it to the hospital so that she could see her doctor for an appointment.
But on the road, the worn tire’s condition took a turn for the worse—and caught on fire. Soon, red, smoking flames were engulfing the front of the car as the elderly woman sat helpless in the driver’s seat, at a loss for what to do and at risk of inhaling too much smoke even if she could get out.
Luckily, Santa Fe police officer Jimmy Madison spotted the scene on the road and rushed up to the car. Seeing who was inside, he threw open the car door and coaxed the elderly woman out. His body camera was on—capturing the heroics for all to see.
“How do I stop it?” she asked desperately, clinging to her bag and trying to compose herself enough to make it out of the driver’s seat.
“Come on, come on, come on,” Officer Madison said. “I’m trying not to rush you, I’m trying to get you out.”
“I need my cane,” she said weakly.
“I’ll get your cane,” he promised.
After Spear was safely away from the flames, Madison put the fire out with a fire extinguisher.
Spear told ABC she normally drives with her dog in the car, but thankfully he wasn’t put in danger that day. The doctors also checked her for smoke inhalation afterward, but she was all fine.