Last Tuesday John Vescio stopped at a Mobil station to gas up his unmarked state police car.
"I was standing there at the pump and the only thing I remember hearing was a speeding car; somebody that was entering into the gas station at a higher rate of speed than normal," he said.
In the blink of an eye, Vescio went from off-duty cop to fast-acting hero.
Video from a security camera captured the incident as it unfolded.
A 69-year-old man apparently blacked out and slammed into the gas pump and the cars that were parked there.
As flames spread, others ran away, but Vescio ran toward the driver.
"You could see the way his legs were tucked under by the seat," Vescio said. "His seatbelt was on. He was pretty much helpless."
Vescio worked to free him and ultimately dragged him away by his wrists.
While others are calling him a hero, Vescio said, "I just feel like me."
He's since visited with the unidentified man, whom he saved. He said the man's family is grateful, knowing it could have ended a lot worse.
Here's an excerpt from the local news story:
In the video, 26-year-old Donrell Breaux asked the deputy why he was trying to enter a River Ridge home. What followed was recorded on a mobile phone.
The video was posted to Facebook Tuesday night and quickly went viral. The video was shared on Facebook thousands of times within hours.
The I-Team talked with Breaux Wednesday night.
When asked why the deputy was at the home, Breaux said, "I think one of the neighbors called them because we was cussing and cutting up on the porch."
When the deputy arrived, Breaux says he did not identify himself and tried to force his way into the residence.
The video shows the deputy trying to handcuff Breaux, and one can clearly hear Breaux repeatedly asking the officer why he is being arrested.
The deputy responded, "I don't answer to you."
Breaux says he was arrested and charged with battery of a police officer, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace.
In the video's description:
Arizona students riot after the Wildcats lost to Wisconsin. To control the situation riot cops were called in, but some of them were very violent. A cop in riot gear took down an innocent girl for no reason. She didn't seem to be make an audible or visible scene, and the response by the cop was excessive.
17 year old Christopher Roupe is dead after a police officer shot and killed him, mistaking a Wiimote in his hand for a gun. The officer was attempting to serve a warrant to the boy's father, and claims Roupe pointed a gun at her when he answered the door. It turns out that gun was a Wiimote. The officer is currently on administrative leave, and Roupe's family has hired an attorney.
Disturbingly enough, it appears that even our police officers have started taking the notorious photographs known as "selfies". The "Cop Selfies" Tumblr blog is dedicated to highlighting self-taken pictures of police officers looking fierce while in uniform, many of which appear to have been run through an Instagram filter. While the infamous mirror-shot seems to be quite prevalent on the blog, at least