Second Heroic Rescue within a 2 Week Period by Illinois State Police
CHICAGO - Illinois State Police (ISP) District Chicago police officers responded to a vehicle crash that occurred on Sunday morning, March 4, at approximately 4:03 a.m., on the I-94 southbound exit ramp to Sibley Boulevard.
Preliminary investigative details revealed that a black 2004 Chevy Tahoe struck a tree, entrapping the driver on the exit ramp to Sibley Boulevard.
ISP Sergeant Henry Spight and Trooper Jacqueline Del Villar arrived at the scene and found the Chevy Tahoe engulfed in flames. ISP Trooper Jacqueline Del Villar was the first officer to arrive when she spotted the burning vehicle and onlookers waving her down. Trooper Del Villar immediately rushed to the burning vehicle and attempted to pull the driver from the vehicle. Minutes later, ISP Sergeant Henry Spight arrived and was able to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher. Both officers were able to extricate the driver from the burning vehicle before it became fully engulfed in flames.
“Knowing that every second counts in these situations, our training kicked into high gear and we knew that we needed to quickly get the driver out of the vehicle before it was too late,” said Sergeant Henry Spight.
Both Sergeant Spight and Trooper Del Villar sustained burns and cuts to their hands and smoke inhalation. They were treated and at an area hospital and released.
“These brave officers rushed towards the flames and saved a life without hesitating to consider the danger that they faced,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “The outcome could have been tragic and we urge the motoring public to be responsible when they get behind the wheel of car,” he stressed.
The driver of the Chevy Tahoe was identified as Tamara Jackson, 34, of Chicago. She was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Jackson has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.