City Policeman Rescues Boy, Father From Burning Vehicle
Published: June 6, 2012 (Issue # 1711)
A St. Petersburg traffic policeman who rescued a man and his two-year-old son last month from a car that caught fire has been awarded a medal, Interfax reported.
Minister of Internal Affairs Vladimir Kolokoltsev awarded the medal “For Heroism in Service” to police captain Dmitry Poltorypavlenko for risking his own life to save others.
Poltorypavlenko was on his way to St. Petersburg from outside the city in his car when he saw a Daewoo passenger vehicle crash into a bus stop and catch fire.
The policeman was the only person to approach the car that was about to explode. He first pulled a child out of the backseat and then helped his father.
The man involved in the accident then said there was a female passenger also inside the car. Poltorypavlenko tried to save the woman, but was unsuccessful.