Salisbury Police Department of North Carolina is honoring one of their own who said he was willing to die in a car fire in order to save the unconscious motorist trapped within.
Lieutenant Corey Brooks is the hero in question—who saw a tractor-trailer hit the guardrails along Interstate 85 and catch fire on August 8th. The driver, Michael Williams, was unconscious.
“This truck can go at anytime and I was thinking ‘I am either going to die here with him or I am going to get him out of here,’” Brooks said. “When it hit the wall it scared me because it’s not everyday you see a tractor-trailer hit a wall that fast.”
For anyone who knows Brooks, this wouldn’t come as a surprise, who has already won commendations that include the City of Salisbury Bronze Keys of Excellence, Salisbury Police Veteran Officer of the Year, the 2016 Blue Line Brotherhood Award, and Lion’s Club Salisbury Police Veteran of the Year.
The Department released body cam footage of Brooks’ rescue, which is nothing short of something from a Die Hard film. It shows Brooks running down a line of burning fuel to the cab of the truck where Williams is slumped unconscious in his seat belt. Brooks screams at him to get out, but quickly realizes he must remove the driver himself, and does so after unlatching the seatbelt.
Another driver wearing an Argentina National Football Team shirt showed up out of the blue to help Brooks haul Williams across the street, whom the officer later called an “angel” and whose identity remains a mystery.
Brooks’ remarks about the truck being capable of “going” at any time were no exaggeration, and just minutes after he pulled Williams to safety, something can be heard exploding from the direction of the semi.
Williams made a full recovery, and Brooks said the ordeal was the scariest moment in his 25 years of law enforcement.
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