A Washington police officer is being hailed as a hero after he saved a woman from her burning car last week in an incident that was captured on video.
Officer Tim Schwering was the first on the scene in Spokane Friday morning after a woman trapped in her burning car called 911.
According to a statement from Spokane Police Department, Schwering managed to break a hole in the window with his baton but couldn't get the door unlocked.
As dramatic body cam footage shows, Schwering was forced to reach in and pull the entire driver’s side window out before helping the woman climb out the window.
A neighbor from a nearby house also assisted in the rescue efforts, police said.
Schwering and the woman he saved were treated and went their separate ways, though not for long.
Just the next day, Schwering showed up at the home of Kim Novak, the woman whose life he saved, where she recalled the ordeal to KHQ.
“I've never been so terrified in my life,” she said. "Between that and the smoke I didn't know what was going to get me first."
Thankfully, Schwering got her first.
"Right now I'm really blessed. It's humbling to think it can happen that fast without any warning,” she said as the officer stood at her side. "He's going to get tired of me in this life because he's going to know me forever now."