Gordon Co. car fire rescue caught on tape
Story by Megan Boatwright
Eyewitness News Reporter
GORDON COUNTY, GA. (WRCB)-- Three North Georgia sheriff's deputies are being called heroes after pulling a man from a burning car early Sunday morning.
The driver, Dan Gloth, is still being treated in the emergency room Sunday night.
He was air-lifted to Erlanger after his remarkable rescue.
Deputies pulled 56-year-old Gloth from the car before fire trucks arrived.
"The call came in around 5:15 in the morning for a one vehicle crash off I-75," says Sheriff Mitch Ralston.
But as the first deputy approached the scene it became obvious the situation was a lot more serious than anticipated.
"Of course their training went into effect and they acted appropriately. They got the fire extinguishers out," says Ralston.
Dash cam video shows the car engulfed in flames. Police quickly move around the car, trying to open the driver side door in efforts to save Gloth.
"After trying several times to get the driver's door open and were unsuccessful, they moved to the passenger side and was able to bust one of the windows out," says Ralston.
The video shows the car repeatedly burst into flames. At one point, you see one deputy throw away a used extinguisher and jump inside a stopped 18-wheeler in search of a new one. While one man stayed in view of the camera fighting flames, the other two pulled the driver out of the car through the passenger side.
"Put their lives at risk and of course looking at the footage from the in-car camera shows you how intense the situation was," says Ralston.
The scene off interstate 75 still shows fresh markings from the rescue. Minutes after deputies pulled Gloth out of the car, a fire truck arrives. Later paramedics rush a stretcher to the ambulance.
"To be able to be a part of this rescue, I know it makes them feel good inside knowing they saved a life," says Ralston.
Sheriff Ralston watched the footage of his deputies in action. He says the men will be honored.
"These deputies, I promise you, will be recognized along with anyone else who helped bring this to a successful conclusion," says Ralston.
The deputies involved in the rescue were Jeremy Battle, Chad Phillips and Josh Cochran.
The cause of the crash is unknown and being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol.