Indianapolis, IN – Two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officers heroically rescued a woman from a burning car after it crashed into the Second Presbyterian Church at 7700 N Meridian St. Officers Aaron Duncan and Holly Armstrong, who were on the church’s premises at the time, were alerted by a passerby of the incident. They found the vehicle ablaze in the church’s parking lot and promptly extracted the semi-conscious driver, moving her to safety.
According to IMPD, the crash occurred at around 4:33 PM. Officer Duncan, also an EMT, provided Basic Life Support (BLS) to the woman while Officer Armstrong attempted to extinguish the fire with an extinguisher from Duncan’s car. Their quick actions prevented further injuries and property damage.
Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) firefighters arrived shortly after and aggressively contained the fire, preventing its spread to the church building. The driver was transported to the hospital in serious condition by IEMS Medic 4. Officer Duncan sustained a minor hand injury during the rescue.
Both officers, who joined IMPD in March 2023, are being commended for their bravery and swift response. IMPD is currently investigating the cause of the crash, which involved the car veering off the road and traveling approximately 100 yards before colliding with the church.