Police officer saves infant, driver from burning car

Photo credit: Lower Swatara Township Police Department

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A Dauphin County police officer will be honored for saving a baby girl from a burning car.

Officer Patrick Ribec
Officer Patrick Ribec

Lower Swatara Township police Officer Patrick Ribec rescued the girl and the driver, who was unconscious after he struck a utility pole around 12:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, according to a news release from the police department. The vehicle rolled onto its side and caught fire.

Ribec arrived four minutes after getting the call. A little boy managed to escape the overturned car on his own, but the infant girl was upside down and still locked in her car seat. Ribec crawled through a broken rear window and cut her free, police said.

Photo credit: Lower Swatara Township Police Department
Franklin M. Fisher III
Franklin M. Fisher III

He then rescued the driver, 38-year-old Franklin M. Fisher III, and arrested him for DUI and several other charges.

Ribec will be receiving an award for heroism from the police department. He also won the Top Gun Award for DUI arrests in Dauphin County last year.

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