Florida Police Officer Rescues Family of 6 From Overturned Minivan

A sergeant with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) in Florida rescued a family of 6 from a crashed minivan on Tuesday, June 6, the sheriff’s office said.

When Sergeant Donnie Rizer came across the overturned vehicle, he saw a mother with four children trapped inside, according to the HCSO. Rizer found the fifth child with their fingers poking through the sunroof and quickly removed his vest and equipment to crawl inside and save them, the HCSO said. Rizer even returned to the car to retrieve one of the child’s pacifiers, officials said.

This footage, from Rizer’s body-worn camera, shows the moment of the rescue.

“Sergeant Donnie Rizer’s response was nothing short of extraordinary. His bravery, composure, and genuine care for all involved are commendable,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

Video transcript

- Watch yourself. That car's going to--


- No, I see it.


- Break the glass [INAUDIBLE]


- There we go.


- Let EMS know that I've got two or three kids that are trapped inside. I don't-- come here. Come here, baby.


- Do me a favor. All of your guys hold this vehicle up.

- I have my buckle. I can't unbuckle it.

- Come here, baby. OK, I'm gonna come get you, OK?

- I don't know.

- I can't unbuckle this.

- I'm just gonna get you, OK?


I'm gonna come get you, OK? It's OK, baby. I'll get you.


- It's a police officer.

- Come here, baby.

- It's a police officer.

- Come here, babe.

- I can't!

- Yeah.

- It's all right. You got it.


- I need to call my husband.

- I don't want my shoes on.

- It's on 301 southbound.

- I don't want my shoes on!

- It's all right. Come here, baby. It's all right. We'll get your shoes. We'll get your shoes.



It's all right. Come here.


- Can I hang on?

- Somebody-- ma'am, how many children are in this vehicle?

- I have five children.

- Is there any more in the back?

- Yes, there's one in the back I think.

- There was one in the back?

- Yeah.

- You see a--

- No, I don't know.

- How old?

- OK, I've got a three-year-old.

- You guys got this car?

- Yep, go ahead. We got you.

- Come here, baby.

- That near you?

- [INAUDIBLE] please?

- Yeah, yeah.




- Yep. The last baby was pinched in there pretty good. They're all out.

- Everybody?

- Yep. They're all out. They're all accounted for. All right, everybody, I need you to get away from this vehicle in case it comes over.

- Is everybody good?

- Yep.

- Yep.


- Oof.