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Local woman trapped in burning car, looking to thank officer who saved her life

SOUTH BEND, Ind. --- A local woman is looking to thank a local police officer after he pulled her out of a burning car late Saturday night.

Kaylee Murphy, 21, said she was on her way home after work, going south on US 31.

“I must of slipped on some ice, I definitely don’t remember,” said Murphy.

She said she was just 10 minutes away from home when she got into a pretty scary crash that resulted in her car catching on fire.

“I just remember seeing the flames and I blacked out after that,” Murphy said.

The St. Joseph County Police Department posted the following message to Facebook, with pictures showing Murphy’s 2016 Ford Focus engulfed in flames.

Murphy said seeing her car up in flames was unbelievable, knowing that she would’ve still been inside had it not been for an SJCPD officer. County police told people on Facebook about how one of their officers pulled her out, just seconds before the flames spread to the front seats.

“That’s the one thing that really stuck in my mind,” she said. “Someone actually going out and saving me.”

Murphy said she wants to thank that officer who put his life on the line for her.

“I’m just really thankful, that you chose to go out of your way to save my life,” she said. “Considering my car was on fire and burning, but it really means a lot to me.”

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