San Antonio Police Chief William McManus to honor Sgt. Jesse Garcia for rescuing girls from burning car

Sgt. Jesse Garcia also suffered burns, teens taken to hospital for treatment

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio police Sgt. Jesse Garcia will get some words of praise from his boss, Chief William McManus, for helping two teenage girls escape a burning car.

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McManus will give Garcia special recognition during a press conference Monday morning.

According to a police department statement, Garcia was on his way home from work around 3 a.m. Saturday when he came upon the scene near Loop 1604 East and Sulfur Springs Road.

Two teenage girls were trapped in a car that had hit a pole, and the car was on fire.

Garcia pulled the driver out first, then went back for a passenger. While doing so, the fire spread to his arm and hair, police said.

Two passersby—a private citizen dressed in a fire retardant work uniform, and an off-duty volunteer firefighter—also stopped to help.

The passenger suffered leg injuries and burns and had to be taken by Air Life to University Hospital.

The driver also suffered burns and was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center by ambulance. Garcia’s burns were minor, police said.

Fellow police officers as well as Bexar County sheriff’s personnel are expected to attend the press conference.

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