Man rescues victim from burning car after crash, will receive recognition from CHP

Posted at 9:37 AM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 12:37:56-05

CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. — A man is set to be recognized by California Highway Patrol after he rescued a victim from a burning car after a crash.

According to CHP, on August 28, 2018, Herberth Pineda Herrera stopped at SR-58 east of California City Boulevard after a car collided with a fence. The car started to catch on fire when Herrera noticed the driver of the car was trapped inside. Herrera broke out the car's window, cut the driver's seat belt, and pulled the driver from the burning car. Herrera then carried the driver away immediately before the car became fully engulfed in flames. The fire also spread to the surrounding brush.

CHP says Herrera remained with the driver until emergency personnel arrived.

CHP says due to Herrera's actions, the victim survived the crash.

The California Highway Patrol Commissioner Warren Stanley has signed a “Certificate of Recognition for a Superior-Effort Act” for Herrera as recognition for his actions. Inland Division Chief B. Dance will be presenting the certificate to Herrera and his family during an award ceremony. Herrera will also be reunited with the person he saved for the first time.

The ceremony will be held at the Mojave CHP Office on March 20, 2019 at 10 a.m.

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