March 24, 2017

Spokane police officer saves woman trapped in burning vehicle

24 January 2017, 12:40 | Ted Wilson

Spokane Police officer saves woman from burning car

Spokane Police officer saves woman from burning car

A woman and Spokane Police officer spoke out Sunday about an incredible rescue the two were involved in Friday evening.

Spokane Police Officer Tim Schwering was the first to arrive at the alarming scene and immediately tried to break the woman's auto window with a baton to get her out, the department told PEOPLE.

KREM-TV reports ( ) that Kim Novak was driving home from the grocery store Friday night when her auto hit frozen slush and broke down. The officer used his baton to smash the window, then reached into the vehicle grabbing the woman and yanking her out.

Just as she began to think that she was in the final moments of her life, Officer Schwering arrived.

He used his baton to break through the driver-side window.

Novak, a Navy veteran who's been to firefighting school, said in an interview in the Spokesman that she was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher, who advised her to kick out the window.

Office Schwering was treated and released from a local hospital for smoke inhalation symptoms.

"I knew it wasn't going to be long until it was inside with me".

Once fire crews arrived on scene they found the engine compartment fully engulfed in flames, the grill shell and bumper had melted away and were effectively burning puddles underneath the auto.

"He's going to get exhausted of me in this life because he's going to know me forever now", she says. "I got on my back and started kicking the windows with both of my feet with all my might".

Kimberly Novak said her auto suddenly broke down after she drove over frozen slush, in an interview with KHQ-TV. The neighbor that helped was treated for a minor cut from the broken window.

It's unclear why the auto burst into flames.

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