November 1, 2015 at about 2:20 am Fifteen-year-old John Sweet heard a loud crash and woke up. Looking out his window he saw a motor vehicle accident and sprang into action. The vehicle was already in flames and he asked his mother where the fire extinguisher was. He called 911 and ran outside with teh fire extinguisher to be met by Police Officers from the City Of Chicago.
Quickly handing the fire extinguisher to one of the Officers who put it to use immediately the officers began to work frantically to remove passengers from the vehicle that was quickly being engulfed by flames.
They spoke at a press briefing with ABC7 News in Chicago and stated “I could see the fire, the dashboard on fire, so we had to act right then and there,” said Officer Phoebe Flores, Chicago Police Department.
The fire department was on the way but Officers knew that there was not enough time to wait for them. The driver had managed to crawl from the vehicle but two passengers were unconscious and remained in the vehicle as it smoldered and was being quickly consumed by fire.
“I was afraid of the car potentially exploding on us,” said Officer Eric King, Chicago Police Department. “We could see the guy at the window,” said Officer Josue Pivarel, Chicago Police Department. “You could tell he couldn’t breathe with all the smoke coming into the dash.”
While the fire extinguisher that Fifteen-year-old Sweet had handed Officer Sweiss did not extinguish the fire Sweiss said that it bought them time enough to extricate the victims of the accident safely while the car still was catching fire.
Officers called young Sweet a hero but Sweet said that he just did what he was supposed to do and helped people when they needed it.
Photos Credit: ABC7 Chicago