PORT HURON, Mich. (February 20, 2021) – On Tuesday, February 16, two U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations Officers independently rendered aid to a motorist whose vehicle was engulfed in flames on M-25 near Lakeport. The incident occurred just before midnight, when travel was extremely hazardous due to a severe winter storm which caused reduced visibility, treacherous road conditions, and frigid temperatures.
The two CBP officers assigned to the Blue Water Bridge risked their own safety despite the winter weather. One of the officers that was on his way to work encountered the stranded motorist’s vehicle when he observed hazard lights illuminating and sparks protruding from the underside of the vehicle. The officer immediately pulled over to see if there were any occupants within the burning vehicle. Continuing to search for the victim, the officer located the motorist in a nearby Good Samaritan’s vehicle, taking shelter from the inclement weather. Both parties expressed exasperation with lack of cell phone service and their inability to call for emergency assistance. Without hesitation, the officer contacted local emergency services for assistance. The second officer, who was traveling home from work, immediately pulled over after noticing the burning car, and mutually assisted by canvassing the area until the fire department arrived on scene to extinguish the fire.
The disabled vehicle’s small fire continued to grow until it was completely engulfed in flames in a matter of minutes. Both officers ensured motorists were far enough away from the engulfed vehicle to prevent any additional safety concerns until emergency services arrived on scene. The driver did not suffer any injuries and was left in the care of the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department.
Photo CBP: Vehicle engulfed in flames