While on regular patrol, officer Thomas McPartland observed a vehicle with fogged windows on the side of the road. The man inside said he was fine, but officer McPartland observed a rubber hose coming from the car exhaust back into the vehicle. The driver was also holding a lighter near his mouth and there was a strong odor of gasoline coming from inside the vehicle.
Officer McPartland secured the area and notified headquarters. The car then exploded with the man still inside.
Risking his own life officer McPartland smashed the window and pulled the victim to safety. For risking his own life officer McPartland is truly an everyday hero!