Top Cops from Milwaukee PD Save Teens from Burning Vehicle
Top Cops Nicholas Schlei and Nicholas Reid from Milwaukee Police Department’s Fourth District were on patrol Tuesday, December 26 when they saved the lives of two teenagers whose vehicle had burst into flames. Read about the heroic actions of these officers in a story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
It could have been a horrible new year for the families of two Milwaukee teenagers if not for two young Milwaukee police officers known as "The Nick Squad."
Fourth District Officers Nicholas Schlei and Nicholas Reid, both 23, were on patrol near N. 55th St. and W. Villard Ave. shortly after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am crashed into a utility pole.
Flames soon erupted from the vehicle's engine compartment.
"The flames, by the time I got out there, were too big for a fire extinguisher," Reid said at a news conference Wednesday.
"We knew that we had to get those kids out."
Without gloves in single-digit temperatures, the two officers made the split-second decision to try to pull the two 16-year-old boys from the burning car, which was on its roof.
Another teenage boy had already escaped the vehicle and kicked out a window, but the driver and another boy were unconscious in the back seat area.
"I knew the car had the potential to become engulfed but at the time that's not what we were thinking," Schlei said, describing how he and Reid were able to pull the boys out in less than 60 seconds.
"It feels like a lot longer when you're doing it though."
The three teens were taken to a hospital for treatment. The driver will be cited for failure to yield and reckless driving, police said.
“Brave men and women in law enforcement make daily sacrifices - both big and small - in order to keep you, me, and our community’s safe,” Attorney General Brad Schimel said today in a video to law enforcement. “I commend Officer Schlei and Officer Reid for their heroic actions that led to two lives being saved.”