PAINESVILLE, Ohio-- A pair of Painesville police officers are being credited for the life-saving rescue of an unconscious man trapped in a pickup truck, caught on camera.
Danny Jones, 69, of Painesville, suffered an unknown medical issue and crashed his pickup truck into a patch of woods at the back of Riverside Cemetery around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to police.
A 911 caller stated that Jones appeared to be passed out behind the wheel with his foot remaining on the accelerator inside the locked vehicle.
Dash camera video showed Painesville police officers Jesse Cudnik and Elvert Jordan arriving at the scene and running toward the pickup, which had caught fire.
“He was not responding to anything. When I looked through the window, I saw a puddle of blood on his shirt, and I knew something was definitely wrong,” Cudnik said.
Cudnik said he smashed the window, and the officers pulled Jones to safety moments before flames flared up.
“I thank God I got there at the right time,” Cudnik said. “It makes me feel good. It's my job, though. I'll do it every day if I have to.”
Cudnik reluctantly agreed to be treated for smoke inhalation and said he is doing well. Jordan said he, too, was just doing his job.
“I wouldn't consider myself a hero,” Jordan said. “We did what any officer in this department, any officer across this country would probably do.”
Jones remained hospitalized Friday, and his son told Fox 8’s Matt Wright that he is still shaken but grateful to the officers. He said doctors are running tests to try to pinpoint what medical issue may have caused the crash.
Police Chief Anthony Powalie posted about the incident on the department's Facebook page, and talked about how proud he is of the officers.
This and many other incidents across the country demonstrate the dedication to service of officers and their willingness to put themselves in harms way to protect and serve!
I could not be more proud of these officers! Thank you for your service!!!