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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) -- Police say a Howard County police officer driving to work rescued a teenager from a burning car.

Police say Cpl. Craig Ream was driving on Route 97 in Carroll County around 3 a.m. Friday when he saw the burning car, which had rolled down an embankment after a crash and caught fire. Ream pulled over, crawled into the car, and dragged the driver outside.

The driver, 18-year-old Casey Bellofatto of Sykesville, was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

"This took amazing courage," said Police Chief William McMahon in a news release. "I couldn't be more proud. We hear the word 'hero' used all the time, but Craig's actions this morning were truly heroic."

Police say Bellofatto crossed into the northbound lane of the road and hit a 2000 Honda Accord head-on. The driver of the Accord, 63-year-old Christine Elizabeth Stamm, is in serious condition.

Ream, an 11-year veteran of the department, was treated at a hospital for burns, cuts and scrapes and released.

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