Off-duty RWC cop pulls victims from burning car in Truckee

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An off-duty Redwood City police detective helped pull two juvenile victims involved in a fiery crash to safety in Truckee Thursday night, authorities said.

At about 11:22 p.m., Detective Matt Cydzik came across a solo-vehicle crash on Interstate Highway 80 near Donner Pass Road where the vehicle was becoming engulfed in flames, according to Redwood City police and the CHP.

Cydzik sprang into action and pulled two juveniles from the vehicle with assistance from a CHP officer.

“Both juveniles were transported to the hospital via two air ambulances and we are hopeful of their recovery,” the CHP said. No drugs are suspected in the crash, and the CHP believes speeding was a factor.

“When told earlier today that he was a hero, [Det. Cydzik] responded by saying ‘just doing the same thing we would all do!,'” according to the Redwood City Police Department. “He also mentioned that other bystanders were extremely helpful and he personally thanked them for their assistance.”