Rodwell McNeill killed in single-vehicle Landover crash
The police officer injured while trying to save a man from a burning vehicle has been released from the hospital.
Officials say Lt. John Boesman, a 21-year veteran with the department, suffered second degree burns to his hands and face as he tried to pull 70-year-old Rodwell McNeill Jr. from his car.
Unfortunately, McNeill did not survive the single-vehicle crash.
The accident occurred at Martin Luther King Highway and Whitfield Chapel Road a little after 1 p.m. Monday.
Prince George's Police Corporal Ron Owens saw the smoke and responded. Running to help, he was the third officer to arrive on scene.
“I saw three people. It was two officers, one was a civilian, trying to break the windshield out and actually pull the guy out of the car,” Owens said.
Owens attempted to join the other officers in saving the trapped victim inside the SUV. But he and the other officers can’t save him.
“We had to back off. The one officer he had burns on his arms, his hands was all cut up, he had burns to his face just from the heat,” Owens recalled.
In video from Owens' cruiser camera, you can see a plain clothes police lieutenant clearly in pain. Another officer poured water onto Boesman's burned hands.
"I'm grateful to them. I know they tried. I know they tried," said Polly Young, McNeill's mother-in-law. "They are heroes."
She says her family knows the officers did all they could.
"He was a good man, he was a Christian man, he was a good husband," Young said of her son-in-law.