TULSA, Okla. - A Tulsa police officer risked his life to save a teenage boy from a burning car.
Edison High School senior Zack Whitney was with four other friends on Feb. 8, when the driver lost control of the car.
"I thought I was going to die, honestly. I accepted death. It was just bad, really bad," said Whitney.
"He tried to switch lanes and everything went downhill and we shot the curb and knocked over the light post and everything went downhill."
As the engine burst into flames, four of the teens were able to get out of the car but Whitney, who had been in middle of the back seat, couldn't move. He had four broken ribs, a collapsed lung and a fractured lower back.
"'I'm going to die.' That's all I could think," said Whitney.
That's when Officer Clayton Hicks pulled Whitney from the burning car.
"As they were pulling me out I just saw the whole car up in flames and I still have flashbacks to it," Whitney said.
Whitney said if it wasn't for Hicks' heroic actions, he knows he wouldn't have survived.
"Officer Hicks, thank you so very much for being there. I don't know how to express how grateful I am for what you did," Whitney said.