OFF-DUTY HEROES PULL INJURED WOMAN FROM BURNING PICKUP
COCONUT CREEK POLICE SERGEANT PUTS OUT FIRE
- BSO Case Number: n/a
- PIO Number: 12-11-21
- Date: Nov. 19, 2012
- Time: 5:05 p.m.
- Place of Occurrence: West Copans Road and Northwest 44th Avenue, Coconut Creek
- Passenger: Lisa Stroming, female, 55, 3/8/57, 6304 N.W. 29th Pl., Margate
- Driver: Jack Stroming, male, 56, 5/1/56, 6304 N.W. 29th Pl., Margate
- Jurisdiction: Coconut Creek
Description of Incident:
When someone flagged down Broward Sheriff’s Office Det. Frank Biro Sunday afternoon, he pulled over and saw a bloody, disoriented man standing on a sidewalk. Biro approached the man, who had an apparent head injury. A few feet away, his demolished and smoldering pickup was crushed against a tree in a wooded area.
As they waited for Coconut Creek Police and Fire Rescue, the man repeatedly asked Biro to get a pricey metal detector from the pickup, so Biro, who was off-duty and had been on his way home, braved the growing flames to see if he could grab the equipment. Just then, an off-duty BSO sergeant noticed the commotion and stopped to help. The engine of the pickup was fully engulfed, and as they approached the pickup, they found more than a metal detector.
An injured woman was in the front seat. She was conscious, but she wasn’t responding to Biro or Sgt. Adam Rubin, and she wasn’t getting out of the truck. The driver’s side door was too damaged to open, and the passenger door was blocked by palm trees. The two men tried to break through the spiny foliage and pry open the damaged door. As they worked, a Coconut Creek police sergeant stood by with a fire extinguisher.
Once they opened the door enough to pull the woman through, Biro put her over his shoulder and carried her out to safety. With Rubin, Biro and the woman out of the way, Police Sgt. Chris Markland was able to extinguish the flames. Coconut Creek/Margate Fire Rescue transported the couple to North Broward Health.
- INVESTIGATORS: Det. Biro, Sgt. Rubin Coconut Creek PD, Coconut Creek FD
- THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO 11/20/12 1300