A San Antonio police officer who pulled a woman from her burning car is being honored for his heroism.

Saturday morning while en route to a call Officer German Huerta noticed a vehicle speeding toward his patrol car. He said the vehicle went by the patrol car cutting in front of Huerta's vehicle, and nearly hitting him.

The driver reportedly lost control of her car, hitting the center median then striking a concrete barrier before rolling several times and catching fire.

Huerta reportedly used his fire extinguisher to try to douse the flames, but it was to no avail. He managed to break out the passenger window, pull the driver out and carry her to safety before the San Antonio Fire Department arrived at the scene on Loop 1604 and Judson.

The 18-year-old driver was taken to SAMMC with non life-threatening injuries, but she may face DWIcharges.

Huerta said he acted on instinct and did not fear for his own safety.

Police Chief William McManus presented Huerta with an award Monday morning at the new Public Safety Headquarters on Santa Rosa.

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