News photojournalist saves pregnant woman from burning car

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. -- A Louisiana TV photojournalist made headlines Tuesday, after carrying a 7 1/2-months months pregnant woman out of a burning car.

WBRZ photographer Patrick Perry was driving behind the woman on the way to an unrelated story. That's when the 21-year-old woman lost control, ran off the road and crashed into trees along the highway.

The photojournalist stopped the news vehicle, carried the woman out of the burning sports car and gently set her down on the pavement.

Meanwhile, the reporter with him grabbed a camera and recorded the whole thing.

"We see a car burning and I say 'Brittany, look that car is on fire.' I say 'go run and get the camera just in case something happened so we can make sure we document everything because that's what we do, we're journalists. So, Brittany, she went to go get the camera and I just took off running toward the burning car," Perry said.

"I pull on the driver side, it did not want to open. ... [I was] looking for something on the ground to bust the window open. Then I started hearing a voice, a very soft voice, very soft and she said 'I'm over here. I'm over here.' So, I ran on the other side to get her. She said, 'I'm 7 1/2 months pregnant.' I told her, I said, 'You're going to be safe. I'm going to get you out of here.'"

Paramedics arrived and took the woman to the hospital. She appeared confused but did not seem severely injured.

There's no word yet on how she's doing.

In a subsequent interview, Perry said "We're human first, tell the story second."