Being at the right place at the right time pays off, and with Jennifer Larson, it saved her life.
Larson was driving from church when she felt her car moving differently.
“My car was kind of chugging and lagging behind,” she explained to CBS New York.
Larson did not know why her car was functioning differently, but Detective Guershon Cherilien had an idea.
The red and blue lights that annoyed her ending up saved her life.
As she’s driving over a bridge, she notices the police lights flashing behind her, and is not pleased with that adding on to her slow car.
“I look in my rearview mirror and there is an undercover police officer behind me with his lights on,” she told the news station. “Great, now I’m getting pulled over.” Larson thought she was being pulled over for holding up traffic.
“He comes running up to the window and says, ‘Your car is on fire! Get out!’” she told CBS New York.
The detective explained that he saw a lot of fire under Larson’s car.
“A significant amount of fire was in the undercarriage,” he said.
“She didn’t realize it.”
When the detective told her about her car, the six-month pregnant woman burst into tears.
Detective Cherilien stayed with Larson until the fire department came. When they got there, they could not open the doors, which made Larson more thankful.
Larson finally got a chance to properly thank the detective for saving her life.
“I don’t know if I would’ve been trapped in that car,” she said. “I try not to think about it, because thinking about it is very overwhelming.”
Though the detective helped Larson, after family came and picked her up, she never got a chance to thank him for saving her, until her interview with CBS New York.
The interviewer asked Larson what would she say if she saw him.
Laron began to pour out how thankful she is. “Just thank you so much, you saved my life. You saved my baby’s life.”
While she continues to thank him, the interviewer says, “Turn around,” and Detective Cherilien is behind her. The two engage in an emotional hug. Larson cries again, but out of happiness.