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Boca Raton Police Officer Rescues Woman from Burning SUV

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Boca Raton, FL Shortly before 8:00 pm Wednesday night, December 1, officers from the Boca Raton Police Services Department were dispatched to a traffic crash that just occurred on northbound I-95, north of the Spanish River Boulevard overpass. While traveling to the scene, Officer Jimmy Jalil, Jr. learned that the crash involved one vehicle that had rolled over with two passengers ejected.


Officer Jalil was among the first officers to arrive on the scene. When he arrived, the engine compartment of the SUV was fully engulfed in flames and a female passenger was trapped in the front passenger seat. Officer Jalil immediately grabbed his fire extinguisher from his trunk and gave it to a retired firefighter who stopped to help. The retired firefighter first used the extinguisher to attempt to put out the fire and then to break one of the car windows. After several unsuccessful attempts to break the window, Officer Jalil ordered everyone back from the vehicle, communicated with the trapped passenger to move as far away from the window as possible and fired two shots into the rear passenger window in order to break it. He used his baton to clear the glass from the window, pulled the woman from the vehicle and carried her to a safe location.


Officer Jalil and other Boca Raton Police officers gave aid to the surviving victims until Boca Raton Fire Rescue arrived. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and related inquiries should be directed to them.