FORT WORTH -- Following devastating ambush attacks in places like Dallas and Baton Rouge, it may seem like there has never been a more dangerous time to be a police officer.
But that didn't stop a group of Fort Worth officers from saving the life of an armed robbery suspect following a police chase through south Fort Worth.
"It was pretty dramatic,' says Sgt. Marc Povero. "We recruit people that can think on the fly, think quickly, and perform under pressure."
A couple of weekends ago on a Saturday evening, an armed robbery report was called in to Avington Way.
Officers were told to be on the lookout for a silver sedan with three men, possibly armed with guns.
They soon encountered the car on I-35, and a pursuit with speeds topping 100 miles per hour ensued.
Eventually, the car wrecked out on a frontage road where I-20 and James Avenue intersect.
It wasn't long before the engine erupted into flames.
"One of the suspects fled, we detained another but then there was the third guy in the front seat," says Povero.
As the fire began to spread, officers realized the man was stuck.
They didn't know if he was armed but quickly jumped into action to free him from the flames.
Dramatic body camera footage shows one officer continuously prying on the passenger side door as he yells about the fire.
Povero says off camera, another officer worked to free the man's legs from the driver's side.
They soon realized he was knocked out cold from the earlier collision.
"When the officers pull him from the vehicle, you can see one of the corporals ask him if he's okay. He's unconscious," said Povero.
The footage cuts off at that moment but seconds later the front part of the car became engulfed before officers, and then Fort Worth firefighters, could get the fire out.
"In light of what happened a couple of weeks ago in Dallas and Baton rouge, people are taking notice of what police officers do on a daily basis," said Povero. "Keep in mind, they found weapons in the car."
The suspect in question was treated and is OK.
Robbery charges are pending against all three men, while the driver has been charged with evading arrest.