FULTON COUNTY, Ga. (WSB-TV) -- A man who pulled a police officer from a burning cruiser after a crash says he is not a hero; he just did what he had to do.
Michael Ashford said he was riding his motorcycle along Old National Highway Sunday night when he saw a black SUV collide head-on with a Fulton County police cruiser.
“It was like, a mass explosion when they collided, it was just horrendous,” Ashford said.
Ashford said he jumped off his bike and ran to check on the officer.
He found Officer Matthew Williams pinned inside the cruiser by a crushed door and a jammed seat belt.
“The engine burst into flames and I knew right then I had to get that guy out,” Ashford said.
Ashford found the passenger door jammed, as well.
“Man I just did a kick and kicked the passenger window out. And he yelled at me, ‘Pull the lock up. Pull the lock up.’ And by this time the flames were huge,” Ashford said.
Williams was finally able to get his seat belt off and Ashford said he then ripped the passenger door open and dragged the officer out.
“I said, ‘Man, we gotta get him. We gotta move him. We gotta move him.’ And no sooner than we dragged him 30 feet, the car blew up,” Ashford said.
When the gas tank exploded, Ashford said he heard bullets inside the car going off.
“I just laid on him, because I couldn't move him no more, I had pulled my back out,” Ashford said. “I didn't want him to get hit from the debris or the bullets. I knew I had to do something to get him out of that car.”
Ashford said he could not sleep Sunday night because of what happened, and he has called the hospital several times to check on Williams.
Williams is recovering at Grady Memorial Hospital with a broken hand and a broken leg.