Officer Maggie Murphy then arrived on the scene, and she and the off-duty officer opened the passenger-side door, police said. Officer Michael Perry pulled the passenger from the car while extinguishing the flames on that person’s clothing.
Once the driver was also brought to safety, firefighters extinguished the car fire, police said.
“I am proud of our officers, who responded quickly and risked their own lives to rescue these motorists,” Fayetteville Police Chief Scott Gray said in a statement. “We train our officers to do this, but it takes courage to put yourself in danger like that in the line of duty.”
Both people in the car remained hospitalized Thursday, police said. The crash is still under investigation.