PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. – A Prairie Village driver pulled from his burning truck is recovering at an area hospital thanks to recently added equipment to police patrol cars.The Prairie Village Police Department recently switched out its household fire extinguishers with ColdFire extinguishers, an investment that made all the difference in Monday morning’s crash.The driver, who is in his early 20s, has not been identified. Police responded to 79th and Belinder and found him trapped in his burning pick-up truck.Video from a patrol car’s dash camera showed a neighbor trying to use a standard extinguisher, but officers say those are useless with a fire that big.Officers grabbed their ColdFire extinguishers and quickly put the fire out.

“You can hear at one point an officer will tell the driver ‘Just relax. We’re going to get you out of here,'” Sgt. Ivan Washington said about the dash cam video.The driver is being in the burn unit of a local hospital. Officers say he has a long road to recovery.Without the extinguishers, officers would not have been able to help. Instead, they would have to wait until firefighters arrived, and in those situations every second counts. Washington said the extinguishers are also used in NASCAR and Indy 500 crashes. Prairie Village added them after a study was done by the Lenexa Police Department.

Article & Video, April 2014

Two Prairie Village Police officers were honored Monday with the department’s Lifesaving Award for their actions in saving a victim in a burning pickup truck in April.

Officers Joel Colletti and John Shipman had responded to a call of a vehicle crash on west 79th Street early in the morning. Prairie Village Police Chief Wes Jordan recounted the situation they faced in his presentation of the awards before the city council:“Upon their arrival, they found a pickup truck engulfed in flames so intense they could not see inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Both officers quickly deployed Cold Fire equipment and worked quickly to quell the flames of the fire.”

“After the fire was extinguished,” Jordan continued, “the officers discovered a male occupant who was still alive and suffering from life-threatening injuries”.

Following extrication by the fire department, the critically injured driver was removed from the scene and transported to KU Hospital. The victim survived his injuries and fire officials noted the quick actions of the responding officers using Cold Fire extinguishers saved the victim from perishing in the fire.”When he asks applicants why they want to join the police department, Jordan said, their number one answer is to help people. “Over the course of an officer’s career, they will get to help people on a daily basis, however, only a few have opportunities to be in a position to truly save a life.”

While the officers were presented the awards, the display screen in the council chambers showed an image of the burning truck taken from the in-car video of the police car on April 21.

Shawnee, Kansas, September 2012 According to Sgt. Philip Burger, Shawnee Police Department”An SUV was southbound on I435 at Johnson Dr. and decided to exit onto Johnson Drive. The vehicle was travelling way too fast and was not able to negotiate the turn. The car left the roadway, went airborne and flipped. The driver was ejected from the vehicle…here comes the miraculous part.

The driver was thrown ahead of the vehicle, and the vehicle was behind him in the air. The driver landed on his back and the car landed on its wheels on top of him. Just so you know when you look at the pictures, the driver was alive and was conscious the entire time.

The only injury he sustained was a broken collarbone…that’s it.Officers arrived on the scene and found that the grass underneath the front of the vehicle was on fire. The first officer started to spray the victim with Cold Fire in an attempt to insulate him from the flames.A second officer arrived shortly afterwards and put the grass fire out. The fire did spread to the vehicle. A total of three 1.5 gallon Cold Fire extinguishers were used at the scene.

I was standing right behind the officer who was spraying the man down. He told him over and over that the Cold Fire being sprayed on him would not hurt him in any way and would help protect his skin from the fire.

I know I am a little biased since I was there, but I don’t think there could be a better advertisement for Cold Fire than this one. I know, I have a 13.5 ounce can in each of my own personal vehicles.