Video: Off duty officer saves driver from exploding gas pump

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(KPLR) – A terrifying scene unfolded at a New York gas station as a crash lead to a fiery explosion at the pumps. A fearless off-duty police officer risked his own life to pull a badly hurt driver to safety.

John Vescio's training and 20 years with the state police kicked in. He pulled the driver from the car as flames began to spread, saving the man's life. But, getting him out of the car was not easy.

"You could see the way his legs were tucked under by the seat,” said Vescio. “His seatbelt was on. He was pretty much helpless."

John Vescio has visited with the unidentified man, whom he saved. Vescio says the man and his family are grateful for what he did.