Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tampa TSA Deputy Assistant Federal Security Director Pulls Woman from Burning Car

Car Engulfed In Flames
Car Engulfed In Flames
Have you ever been in your car when someone passed you at a high rate of speed? Usually, the car disappears and you never see it again. That wasn’t the case yesterday morning for TSA Tampa International Airport Deputy Assistant Federal Security Director Jim Flaherty. A few minutes after a car sped past him, Jim saw the car again, but this time it was stationary. It had crashed into the woods and was on fire.

Jim and another passerby parked their cars and ran to the automobile to assist the driver. The driver’s side door was wedged against a tree and the driver was screaming that her leg was broken. They needed to act fast, so Jim – a 20-year veteran NYC police detective and a U.S. Army Veteran along with the passerby ran to the passenger’s side to free the woman’s leg and pull her from the car. Like a scene out of Hollywood blockbuster, the car was completely engulfed in flames after they carried her away.

DAFSD Jim Flaherty
DAFSD Jim Flaherty
The local fire department and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office responded shortly after and the young woman was airlifted from the scene to a local hospital.

Jim reported directly to work afterwards with blood and mud stains on his clothes.

This isn’t the first time a TSA employee has stepped up in an emergency and it won’t be the last, but we wanted to highlight this incredible story today on the blog and acknowledge Jim’s courageous actions which no doubt saved this woman’s life.

Bob Burns 
TSA Blog Team  

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