CLEVELAND, OH - A family from Ohio says that they will be forever grateful to two police officers who pulled their loved one from a burning car early Thursday morning.
“This car blew up and they saved his life, they pulled him out,” the victim’s uncle, Amer Abaun, said to WJW.
According to WJW, family members told the station that 26-year-old Mousa Abukhalil was injured in a car crash in Cleveland that happened around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
He is now expected to make a full recovery.
WJW reports that Mousa was leaving work to go pick up his brother-in-law when the crash occurred.
According to Officers David Kelley and Brian Crites, when they arrived they saw the car was smoking and checked to see if anyone was hurt.
“When I got up to the driver’s side door, I didn’t see anybody,” Kelley said to WJW. “I grabbed the door and started shaking it, and then he leaned his head out. I could see him and he had a split down his forehead and he said 'help me.'”
The officers were then able to retrieve Mousa.
“It went from nothing to a blaze,” Kelley told WJW. “It was just instinct for us, just instinct to help.”
Mousa’s father, Hashem Abukhalil, and his brother Mouhmad say that they don’t know how they can ever thank the officers for the actions.
“They worked very hard, they are heroes, both officers,” Hashem said.
But the officers maintain that they were just doing their jobs.
“We are glad we could help him out,” Kelley said.