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LA police officer called a hero after saving man from burning car

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LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles police officer is being called a hero after he and at least two civilians saved a 72-year-old man from a burning car on Wednesday, according to KTLA.

Officer Don Thompson, a 26-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, was on his way to work near Los Angeles International Airport when he saw an out-of-control car crash into the center divider.

Thompson only had seconds to react. With the help of at least two civilians, one of whom happened to be a firefighter who was driving by, Thompson was able to free the man.

"He would have burned. There was no 'coulda' to that," Thompson told KTLA. "He would have died. … It was just a matter of seconds."

The man who was rescued received non-life threatening injuries.

Read more: KTLA

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