We’re dedicating this story to Obama’s f*ck the police thugs…
Here’s another perfect example of why America needs to be defending the honor of good people like Officer Canale, who don’t stop doing their job when they’re off the clock. Helping others is just how he’s wired…
Neither lapping flames nor billowing smoke — nor being on vacation — stopped this intrepid NYPD cop from coming to the rescue of two people trapped in a burning school bus Thursday afternoon on Long Island.
Off-duty transit cop Christopher Canale was enjoying a vacation day with his wife and 5-year-old son when they spotted the yellow minibus engulfed in flames along the Long Island Expressway in Manorville around 3:30 p.m.
“The first thing I’m thinking is there’s children inside the bus,” Canale, 33, recalled Friday at One Police Plaza. “ It was my biggest fear. I have two kids of my own.”
Canale pulled onto the shoulder of the expressway’s westbound lane, dashed over to the bus, and threw open the door.
Through the acrid smoke, Canale “heard someone screaming on the front of the bus. The driver was pinned inside the bus.”
Canale first turned his attention to an elderly female aide who was injured in the back of the bus.
“I was able to walk up onto the bus and grab her by an arm and pull her down to the stairs and walk her to safety,” he said. “She was a little bit out of it” and bleeding from the nose, but otherwise uninjured.
Racing against the rapidly spreading flames, Canale ran back onto the bus and worked to free the driver from behind the steering wheel.
“The flames that were there in the engine were real close to his feet and the smoke was just billowing in and it was very tough to breathe,” said Canale. “I told the driver to hold onto my arm, and I was able to kind of pull him, unwedge him, out of between the steering wheel and the seat, and pulled him to safety.”
Just minutes later, Canale said, the bus was totally consumed.
“The biggest concern was to get these people who were in dire need of help to safety,” said the father of two young sons, and eight-year veteran of Transit District 23 in Queens. “I did nothing more than anybody else would do in this situation.” Via: NYP