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The amazing rescue of a man just before a gas pump exploded in New York last Thursday was captured on video.


John Vescio rescued a 69-year-old man moments before a gas pump exploded. (Credit: News 12 Westchester via CNN)

John Vescio, an off-duty New York State police officer, was at a Mobile Gas station in White Plains on June 5 when a car plowed into the pumps and ignited a fire, television station News 12 Westchester reported.

“I was standing there at the pump and the only thing I remember hearing was a speeding car; somebody that was entering into the gas station at a higher rate of speed than normal,” Vescio said.

Video showed Vescio running from the fire, but he later returns to try to save the driver from the crashed car.

The 69-year-old driver apparently blacked out before slamming into the gas pump and cars, the television station reported.

Vescio struggled for a few moments as he attempted to pull the man from his car.

“You could see the way his legs were tucked under by the seat. His seatbelt was on. He was pretty much helpless,” Vescio said.

Vescio managed to pull the man out just moments before the pump exploded.

Vescio later visited with the unidentified man whose family told him they were grateful for what he did, the station reported.