Detroit police officers honored for pulling suspects out of burning car

Detroit police officers were honored after rescuing two suspects whose vehicle crashed after a chase and caught on fire.
Detroit police saved two suspects trapped inside a burning vehicle which crashed after refusing to pull over Monday.

They are alive thanks to those officers who on Tuesday were honored for their bravery.

On the east side in the area of Mound and McNichols, police spotted a Chevrolet Impala driving about 70 to 80 miles an hour. 

It was being driven through stop signs, through lights, but then hits a tree. Moments later, the car caught on fire.  

Officers went into rescue mode.  

The driver, nearly 400 pounds, had his feet caught under the floorboard and his seatbelt trapped him. Flames engulfed the Impala.  

 "Once we cut their seatbelts it made things a little easier," said Sarah Monti, one of the first officers at the scene. "Once all the extra help arrived it made things much easier."

Detroit Police Chief James Craig praised the officers involved. 

"This is what Detroit's finest do every single day," he said. "Countless acts of bravery. These officers risk their own life to save the life of another. Someone they didn't know.":

Inside the suspects' car, police found two magazines and ammunition. While the reason the suspects were fleeing is still being investigated.

Officer Darnell Smith spoke about the injuries the suspects suffered in the crash.

"The passenger looked unconscious so we weren't sure he was alive," Smith said. "Both victims appeared to not be responsive."

The driver and the passenger are hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Criminal charges are still pending on the investigation.

But Tuesday was a day for the Detroit police officers.

"I'm talking about heroes," Craig said. "And to the officers I wanted to say personally, thank you. Job well done. We did this to celebrate you."

For officers like Monti, it was all in a day's work.

"We come to work and do our jobs," Monti said. "And whatever happens, we try to deal with it as best we can." 

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