Daring Rescue: Maine Trucker a True Hero After Rescuing a Man and Dog From a Burning Car
Editor's note: This article was written by a Townsquare Media Northern New England contributor and may contain the individual's views, opinions, or personal experiences.
Cue the melting hearts and phews, because who doesn't love a story with a happy ending to restore humanity?
This all happened during a multi-vehicle crash in Southport, Connecticut, just south of Fairfield on I-95 Southbound. According to News 12 Connecticut, it's thanks to a Mainer named Charlie Lane, who's been trucking for 34 years, that a man and his dog are alive.
News 12 says Charlie was on his way to New Jersey when he saw the car ablaze. Emergency crews weren't on the scene yet, so he pulled over. We love you Charlie!
When I opened the door to the car, there was a man, and the flames were starting to get pretty big. I had a hard time getting him unbuckled. I mean, he was kind of dazed and confused, but I was relieved when I heard that seatbelt thing release. While I was dragging him out, I see something moving in the back. It was a dog.
Charlie says it was all so scary, and his adrenaline was pumping as he went back for the German Shepherd, who we now know is named Stella, according to News 12.
According to Fairfield County Fire Assistant Chief George Gomola, people eventually joined Charlie on the side of the road. They attempting to use portable extinguishers to put the fire out to no avail, while emergency crews were on their way.
This made Charlie even more of a hero for sure. We love you Trucker Charlie from Maine!
We found out that a truck driver from Maine was the true hero in this. He had stopped when no one else had. He used his tractor-trailer to protect the scene. He went up to the vehicle that was starting to burn.
It was just the right thing to do. I done what I'd want someone to do for my family. I’m no hero.
My husband and I are eternally grateful to the truck driver who was there last night to help him and our dog. God bless him, we are overwhelmed by his bravery and courage. He is definitely our hero and angel. We also wish to thank all the emergency crews who were on the scene so quickly, and Fairfield Animal Hospital for taking such good care of our shepherd. My husband is currently in the hospital recuperating and is doing well.
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