GOOD NEWS Navy Vet Saves Police Captain, Wife From Burning Truck
A heroic Navy veteran saved the life of a police captain and his wife and now that captain wants to bring the veteran onto the force. On Fox and Friends this morning, Brian Kilmeade talked to Navy veteran D.J. Campbell and Seattle police captain David Emerick.
The amazing story began on a highway in eastern Washington on June 12, where Emerick and his wife were driving in their 2011 Chevy pickup truck when it caught on fire. The Emericks didn't notice at first, since the flames were under the truck, but the 24-year-old Campbell saw the flames in his rearview mirror and immediately turned his flashers on and started weaving in front of the truck.
"I had to do something, couldn't just let him keep driving down the road with the truck on fire," said Campbell.
Emerick said he initially thought that there was an emergency in front of Campbell, so he started to slow down and then realized his brakes didn't work.
"At that point it was bad," he said, but he was able to stop the truck with the emergency brake.
Here's more details on what happened next via Seattle Fox station KCPQ-TV:
[...] the couple saw that their electric door locks didn’t work. They escaped through the window.
Campbell was right there, helping to steer the truck out of the roadway, even using a fire extinguisher to try to put out the flames.
Was he worried about his safety?
“I had a split-second there when I was laying on the bottom of the truck, spraying it with a fire extinguisher, that maybe this isn’t the best place to be right now,” said Campbell.
Emerick shouted to him that everyone was safe and the truck was insured so he should get clear.
“Within four minutes after the truck caught fire, the gas tank exploded and it sent gas all the way across the roadway. The left-side tires blew, the right-side tires blew, the windows went, so it was very dangerous,” said Emerick.
To show their gratitude, the Emericks gave Campbell a $1,000 check to replace the cell phone he lost when he was trying to move the truck out of the roadway and commended him for his heroic actions.
Emerick said this morning he has already talked to his department about possibly offering Campbell a job on the force.
"We want him to come out and do a ride-along with us and see what the job is about. With his common sense and his courage and his calm in the storm, that's exactly the kind of people we want working for our department," said Emerick.
Campbell hasn't decided if he'll pursue the offer yet, having just graduated from commercial dive school. Emerick said the force has a marine patrol unit that he believes would suit Campbell.
Watch the interview above.
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