December 8, 2015 Chichago, Il. While on routine Patrol Monday evening around 11:00 P.M. Chicago Police Officers Ivan Romo and Mike Bunyon were monitoring the radio and according to Romo “observed the car out of control, (it) landed on the sidewalk. We were the second car. We pulled up and just ran up to the car and started pulling people out,”
ABC7 Chicago reported that Police said the car was speeding westbound in the 700-block of West Garfield Park around 11 p.m. Monday when the driver lost control, hit a tree and a metal pole and then crashed into a fence before coming to a stop in front of a house.
The two police officers pulled three men from the vehicle as it caught fire.
“It was something out of the movies. You see these poor guys trapped in the car, just gotta do what you gotta do to pull them out,” Chicago Police Officer Mike Bunyon said. “Luckily we had seatbelt cutters and all that handy. We were able to get them out right away. And the third guy, we were able to pull out on the other side. Everything panned out. Hopefully they’re OK.”
The three men were taken to Chicago’s Stroger Hospital for treatment and expected to recover from their injuries.
Ironically ABC7 Chicago noted that where the vehicle crashed and caught fire was located at 726 West Garfield Boulevard and is known as the James O’Leary home. James O’Learny is the son of Mrs. O’Leary, whose cow was blamed for starting the Great Chicago Fire and was a gambling king who ran a saloon across from the stock yards.
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