Man rescued from burning vehicle in Manorville

MANORVILLE - A police officer and a good Samaritan are being hailed heroes after saving a driver from a raging car fire. 

The incident happened in Manorville on Florence Drive at around 12:30 a.m. 

Police say 34-year-old Brad Klaus lost control of his SUV and crashed into a tree while following his father. Klaus' father told News 12 that they were out running an errand. Nearby resident Thomas Zelezny saw the SUV and called 911, which brought Suffolk Police Officer Denis O'Connor to the scene.

While O’Connor used a fire extinguisher to quell the flames, Zelezny used a shovel to smash the back window of the SUV.

“As he started to break out the rest of the window with the shovel, smoke started billowing out, and the fire started spreading across the roof of the car,” O’Connor told News 12.

The two then pulled Klaus to safety. He suffered minor injuries.

Police are calling the crash an accident and no charges will be filed.

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