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Hernando County deputy rescues unconscious man from burning vehicle

Posted at 7:25 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 19:25:21-05

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. -- Just after 1 a.m. on January 25, Hernando County K-9 deputy Jason Jernigan responded to a call about a head-on collision on U.S. 41 just south of Lake Lindsay Road in Brooksville.

Jernigan says when he arrive he immediately notice one of the vehicles was on fire.

"The whole front was on fire. Probably 3-foot flames coming out of the hood area," said Jernigan.

He also saw the driver was unconscious inside of the vehicle that was engulfed in flames.

"I just ran up there, I knew I had to get him out," said Jernigan.

Jenrigan says he didn't even think about being in danger himself, he just acted.

"Didn’t even realize it. I didn’t think about it, I didn’t feel it. I just pulled him out," said Jernigan.

The deputy pulled the man from the car to the side of the road and he regained consciousness.

Deputies gave thanks to Jernigan's quick and brave actions. No one was seriously hurt in the horrific crash.

The Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene to conduct the crash investigation. The driver, who was pulled from the burning vehicle, was arrested for driving under the influence.