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'I know the value of human life': Bystander helps save police officer following fiery crash

A bystander jumped into action following a crash involving a Pennsylvania police officer.

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Police in Pennsylvania are crediting the quick action of a bystander for helping to save one of their officer's following a fiery crash.

"Daylan actually said, 'I'm not going to let him die,'" said Uniontown Police Lieutenant Thomas Kolencik. "There's just no words to describe, you know."

There's a lot of gratitude coming from the Uniontown Police Department on Sunday following an intense crash involving one of their own.

"We are so thankful that Daylan was in the area at the time," said Lt. Kolencik. "It could have been a lot worse."

Lieutenant Thomas Kolencik is referring to Daylan McLee.

"We felt it in the house and my sister came screaming that two cars hit each other and one was a cop," said McLee.

McLee said he ran outside and saw Uniontown Police Officer Jay Hanley trapped in his cruiser. The crash happened in front of his home along East Fayette Street.

"He was asking not to be moved. Not to be moved. His leg," he said. "Then we started to see the flames start to come inside of the car from the bottom and I knew we had to get him out. Another officer tried to assist me and I just ripped the door open and we started dragging him across the street before the car ignited or anything serious like that."

McLee and Uniontown Police Captain David Rutter pulled Officer Hanley to safety, while another officer put out the fire. Hanley was flown to a Morgantown hospital with a leg injury and underwent surgery. Uniontown police say the driver of the other vehicle was able to walk to the ambulance and told paramedics he was OK.

Lt. Kolencik said he's beyond grateful for what McLee did for one of this officers.

"A lot of crazy things are going on in the world, and I haven't had the best ends in life, but I know the value of human life. You can't replace it," McLee said. "It's Father's Day. I'm not sure if he has children, but I know he has family, and I'm pretty sure they're glad to have him there, and I'm glad he's home, or going to be home."

Uniontown police say Officer Hanley was responding to assist two officers on another call when the crash happened. As for how it happened, Pennsylvania State Police are investigating.