The Montgomery County police officers who rescued an unconscious man from a burning vehicle six months ago will be honored for their bravery Friday.
Officers Cody Fields and Brian Nesbitt will be recognized at the 42nd annual Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards. The two will receive the gold award for risking their lives to pull a man from a burning vehicle on the Beltway on September 1, 2015.
Fields was the first to arrive at the scene. In dramatic video released late Thursday night, he can be seen running towards the raging fire. When he realizes the car's doors are locked, Fields used his baton to break the front, passenger window. Fields was then able to reach inside the car and unlock the door.
Nesbitt arrived at the scene a short time later and rushed to assist Fields.
The two men worked together to pull the unconscious driver from the rapidly spreading fire.
The 34-year-old driver was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He has since recovered.
“Officers Cory Fields and Brian Nesbitt placed their own lives in danger and exhibited uncommon bravery and dedication when they rescued Mr. Isreal," said Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger.
Both officers have already been awarded the department's Medal of Valor, the highest award given by the police department.