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City will honor Good Samaritans who saved cop from burning car

Officer Kimsey's vehicle burns after colliding with a 2004 Toyota Tacoma pickup tr@BigRubeHarley/Instagram

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson announced today that two young men who rushed to a car crash on Saturday afternoon to help pull the drivers out of their damaged vehicles will be honored for their heroism.

Joe Chambers, 17, and Dante Johnson, 24, are the Good Samaritans who happened to be standing near 28th and Tasker streets when a civilian driver turned his pickup truck left into the car of officer Mark Kimsey, who was rushing through the intersection to the scene of an emergency.

“Officer Kimsey was not just a police officer in need, but a Philadelphian in danger,” Johnson said in a statement. “These two young men deserve to be commended and recognized because communities that look out for each other are strong communities.”

Afte the crash, both drivers were trapped inside their vehicles.

Chambers and Johnson immediately rushed over and helped Kimsey and the civilian driver out of their vehicles.

Shortly after the accident, the police officer's vehicle became "engulfed in flames" and firefighters responded to bring the fire under control.

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The civilian driver sustained head injuries.
Kimsey sustained head injuries from his air bag, as well as burns to his hands and legs. Both were hospitalized.

No DUI was suspected in the crash, police said.

The two men will receive their citations during a ceremony at City Council chambers on Thursday morning.

Watch video of the blaze below.

South philly #streetgazing #graysferry #phillypolice car on fire!!!

A video posted by Reuben 'Big Rube' Harley (@bigrubeharley) on

 
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