Two Milwaukee police officers are being called ‘heroes’ after they went above and beyond in saving the lives of three teenagers who were in a car crash, that ultimately resulted in a fire.
The two officers were out on patrol when they saw is 1999 Pontiac Grand Am lose control and slam into a utility pole.
Officers Nicholas Schlei and Nicholas Reid dragged teenagers out of a car after they witnessed them crash into a utility pole, resulting in the car bursting into flames.
An officer can be heard screaming in the video, “You guys back up, car’s on fire, back up!”
The MPD statement said, “Officers Schlei, Reid, and other officers from District Four risked their own lives and pulled the driver, a 16-year-old Milwaukee male, and another teenage male passenger from the car. A third teenage male passenger from the vehicle was located nearby.”
Reid said, “First thing that went through my mind is, get these kids out or whoever theoccupants are, get them out. So at that point, it’s get them to safety, worry about the car later.”
The two officers had been with the MPD for two-and-a-half years and partners for one-and-a-half years.
At a conference, the communities reaction was overwhelming for the two officers.
Schlei said, “We knew that we were put in a position to help, and that we were able to do that, and I was thankful that it turned out the way it did, and wasn’t expecting anything else regarding it.”
Reid also added that they were just doing their jobs.
Reid said to reporters, “Officers all over the states, the United States, they do stuff just like this every day, that aren’t recognized, or whose stories aren’t told.”
The driver and two passengers in the car were all transferred to a local hospital. According to the MPD, the driver will be cited for failure to yield and reckless driving.