Mount Pleasant Cop reacts after saving man from burning car

Published: Jun. 2, 2015 at 8:05 PM EDT
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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A Mount Pleasant Police officer is being hailed a hero after dramatic dash camera video shows him pulling a man from a burning car.

Willis has been with the force for over ten years and this was a call unlike any he's ever had before.

On Saturday, just after 4:30 a.m., Corporal Adam Willis responded to a call at Vickery's on Shem Creek.

"I was going over Shem Creek bridge at the time, when I looked over to my left and saw the vehicle," said Willis.

When he pulled into the parking lot, Willis said all he could see were flames.

He said he didn't think twice before running straight into danger.

"I remember thinking to myself 'please don't be dead'," said Willis.

Instead of waiting for backup to arrive, Willis jumped into action, grabbing his fire extinguisher and running to the car.

Willis started putting out of fire and noticed the driver's door was slightly open.

"When I looked into the vehicle I saw an arm holding the steering wheel," said Willis. "When I reached in there, he was definitely not responsive."

Willis said he grabbed the man and he came to. In the dash cam video, you can see Willis pulling the man out of the car and dragging him to safety.

According to the police report, the 27-year old man, from Anderson, South Carolina, was extremely drunk and had no idea the car was on fire while he was inside it.

Firefighters who arrived on scene to finish putting out the fire told Willis if he had hesitated the outcome could have been much different.

"They thought one or two more minutes and it might have been a different story," said Willis.

No word on what started the fire.

He was taken to a nearby hospital to get checked out, his condition is unknown at this time.

The man is not facing any charges for the incident.

As for Willis, he said it would do it again.

"That's part of loving the job - is being able to help people," said Willis.

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