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Ellen DeGeneres surprises heroic first responder on show

Heart-stopping video captured the entire ordeal. Officer Tim Schwering was called to help Kimberly Novak, who was trapped inside her car in Spokane, Washington.

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The scary moment happened when Novak hit a patch of snow and ice and her car shut completely off. She was returning from a trip to the store for some ice cream.

Schwering used his baton to smash a glass window of the car, which was engulfed in flames, allowing Novak to escape. 

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Schwering and Novak came to share their story on "Ellen." 

"This guy is so genuine and so compassionate that he showed up to my house the next morning with half a gallon of ice cream and a bottle of wine," Novak said of Schwering.

To thank him for his heroic rescue, DeGeneres gave him a special surprise.

Watch a video of the interview below:


Kim is lucky to be alive. She and her rescuer are here today. I couldn’t believe their story when I heard it.

Posted by Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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