Cleveland police officers rescue man from burning car after crash

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CLEVELAND – A Lakewood family says they will forever be grateful to two 3rd District police officers, who pulled 26-year-old Mousa Abukhalil from a burning car early Thursday morning.

“This car blew up and they saved his life, they pulled him out,” said Amer Abaun, Mousa’s uncle.

Family members told Fox 8 News on Friday, that while Mousa was injured in the crash that happened around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning, he is expected to make a full recovery.

Mousa was leaving work, and headed to pick up his brother-in-law when the crash happened on East 55th.

Officers David Kelley and Brian Crites said when they got to the scene, they saw the car was smoking and went to check if anyone was hurt.

“When I got up to the driver’s side door, I didn’t see anybody,” Kelley said.  “I grabbed the door and started shaking it, and then he leaned his head out. I could see him and he had a split down his forehead and he said 'help me.'”

The officers were able to pull him out.

“It went from nothing to a blaze,” Kelley said.  “It was just instinct for us, just instinct to help.”

Mousa’s father, Hashem Abukhalil, and his brother, Mouhmad, said they also  don’t know how they can ever thank the officers for their heroic act.

“They worked very hard, they are heroes, both officers,” Hashem Abukhalil said.

But the officers said they were just doing their jobs.

“We are glad we could help him out,” Kelley said.

The family said they are also thankful for the excellent treatment Mousa has received at Metro Health Medical Center.


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