MESQUITE, TX - It was like a scene out of a movie early Sunday morning. Two Mesquite cops pulled an unconscious man from a burning SUV.
It was a response to a single vehicle crash near I-30 and Edgebrook Drive. When cops got there, the car was already engulfed in flames. The cops were eventually able to drag 25-year-old Hector Valles to safety, with just moments to spare.
"I really do think that the compassion for another human who was lying in a burning vehicle was just, I can only speak for me, but I know that that was first and foremost in my mind. That we need to get him out of this vehicle," Officer Autumn Soto said.
Valles was taken to Baylor Medical Center for burns and internal injuries. His mother released a statement expressing her family's appreciation to Mesquite PD.
“We would like to thank the Mesquite police officers and witnesses whose heroic efforts saved our son. Hector is strong. He is a fighter. We are thankful to the Lord that he is here; He is recovering and is in good hands."
We still don't know what caused the crash, but Hector's recovery brings a happy ending to a situation that could easily have been tragic.