LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The Prince George’s County Police lieutenant who was injured while trying to rescue a driver trapped in a burning car Monday has been released from the hospital.

Lt. John Boesman suffered second degree burns to his hands and the right side of his face. He also received stitches for an injury to his palm. The 21-year veteran was among the first on the scene of Monday’s crash on Martin Luther King Junior Highway in Springdale, which ultimately took the life of 70-year-old Rodwell McNeill.

Preliminary investigation shows that the Mercury Mountaineer driven by McNeill was traveling westbound near Whitfield Chapel Road at about 12:40 p.m. when it hit a guard rail just before the beltway overpass. It careened sideways down the road until coming to a rest on the driver’s side on the overpass. It caught fire with McNeill, of Glenarden, inside.

From his hospital bed Tuesday , Lt. Boesman read through the many warm wishes from the community posted on the police department’s Facebook page and on Twitter. He expressed his sincerest appreciation for the outpouring of support. He will be returning to duty in a few weeks.

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