CAPE MAY — A local police officer pulled an unconscious man from his burning pickup truck Monday night and likely saved his life, officials said. A dashboard camera on Officer Scott Krissinger’s police cruiser showed he reacted quickly when the truck caught fire on Sunset Boulevard a few minutes after 6 p.m.

Krissinger pulled Gerald K. Ferrill, 61, of Mays Landing, to safety while flames engulfed the truck. After getting Ferrill out, he ran back to make sure there were no passengers. There weren’t.

Police Capt. Robbie Sheehan said Krissinger is a six-year veteran who started as a Class II officer.

Ferrill was airlifted to Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Sheehan said he is in critical but stable condition.

Sheehan said the incident is still under investigation, but witnesses reported the truck may have had a flat tire before catching fire and loud noises were coming from the engine compartment. He said the heat and smoke came into the cab of the 2005 Chevrolet Colorado and overcame Ferrill.

Contact Richard Degener:

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.