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Milwaukee police officers rescue teens from burning car

Body cam video shows a car burning as two Milwaukee police officers rescue two teens, Dec. 26, 2017. (Image courtesy Milwaukee Police Dept. via WITI-TV)

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two young Milwaukee police officers are being hailed as heroes for rescuing two unconscious teenagers from a burning car.

Officers Nicholas Schlei and Nicholas Reid, both 23, were on patrol Tuesday night when a Pontiac Grand Am crashed into a utility pole and overturned. Flames erupted from the car's engine compartment.


One teen escaped by kicking out a window, but the driver and another boy were unconscious, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The two officers managed to pull the 16-year-olds out in less than a minute. Body camera captured the rescues on video.

Reid says he and his partner "knew that we had to get those kids out" and that "there's no better feeling" than to help save someone.

"I think that officers just like us, and at every Milwaukee police district station, even across the country, they would do the same thing," Reid said. "Because that's why we joined and that's why we're cops."

The three teens were taken to a hospital. Police said the driver will be cited for failure to yield and reckless driving.

Schlei and Reid graduated from the Milwaukee police training academy about 2 1/2 years ago. They will be nominated for a Milwaukee Police Department Merit Award.

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