Brian Nesbitt helped to rescue Rashad X. Isreal from burning, Silver Spring, Maryland, September 1, 2015. Isreal, 33, was unconscious in the driver’s seat of a burning car after an interstate highway accident in which the car came to rest in the emergency lane, its driver’s side flush against the concrete medial barrier. On duty, Nesbitt, 35, county police officer, responded to the scene. Flames by then covered the front end of the car and, burning intensely, were moving toward its passenger side. As another officer had arrived and opened the rear door on the car’s passenger side, Nesbitt entered the car through that door while the other officer leaned in through the front door. The car was filled with smoke, and the intense heat was compromising the windshield and dashboard. Both officers grasped Isreal and with difficulty pulled him over the center console to the front door. Nesbitt exited the vehicle and, next to the other officer, who was standing among flames, assisted him in pulling Isreal from the car. The officers dragged Isreal to a point of safety moments before firefighters arrived. Isreal required hospital treatment for his injuries.
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