Video: Heroic police officers rescue driver from burning car in Aurora suburb Oswego Police Facebook

A hit-and-run in the Aurora suburb of Montgomery found a driver in a life-or-death situation. Police were called to the scene to find the vehicle fully engulfed in flames.

And here’s the strange thing: according to the officers, the man was refusing to leave the vehicle. They had to physically force the man out to save his life.

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It turns out that the driver, 71-year-old Earnest Sercye of Aurora, IL, was fleeing the scene of a previous crash at a car wash before running into pole then a concrete barricade according to Aurora Patch.

Police save man from vehicle fire

Oswego Police responded to assist Montgomery Police yesterday with a hit and run accident that occurred in Montgomery’s jurisdiction. Upon arrival, police officers from Oswego, Montgomery and Kendall County Sheriff’s, all worked to remove a subject from a vehicle that was becoming fully engulfed in flames. The man in the vehicle was refusing to exit, requiring officers to forcefully remove him from the vehicle which extended their exposure to the fire. The officers ultimately removed the man from the vehicle, saving his life while putting their safety at risk. Oswego Police Officers Brandon Dilg and Cassie Catberro were injured in the incident as they experienced smoke inhalation and Officer Dilg also received burns on his arm and leg. The officers were treated for their injuries at a hospital and were released. We are truly thankful they were not injured worse than they were. Please join us in recognizing the bravery and dedication of these men and women of law enforcement.

Posted by Village of Oswego Police, IL on Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Sercye was taken to the Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora but then transferred to the Loyola Medical Center in Maywood. He remains in critical condition.

Brandon Dilg and Cassie Catberro were two of the officers at the scene. They were both treated for smoke inhalation and Dilg suffered burns on his arm and leg. Both have been released from the hospital.

Members of Aurora’s fire department were also called to the scene. And this isn’t he first time the department has acted quickly and bravely.

In 2012, 14 officers were honored for saving one man and one teenager from a burning car after they had crashed into a tree.

In 2013, officer Matthew Bonnie received the Louis Spuhler Award (awarded to the Kane County Police Officer of the Year) afters saving a man from a burning car, even though Bonnie was off-duty at the time.


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The hit-and-run crash is currently under investigation. Any witnesses can call Montgomery Police at 630-897-8707, ext. 9058.

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