With the clock ticking, a California Highway Patrol officer saves two small children and two women from a burning car in Monterey.
The frantic moments are caught on camera by a photographer with the Monterey Herald.
The car started smoking while the CHP officer happened to be driving behind it. Relatives of the family say the women were scared and shocked which is why they appeared slow to get out of their fiery car. Both the kids and adults were treated on scene and are now recovering at home.
In the words of the photographer
Herald photographer Vern Fisher: "I was behind the CHP when all of a sudden I just saw an explosion of smoke and flames (coming from under the hood of the car). The lights (on the patrol car) went on and the car pulled onto the exit but didn't immediately stop."