Man Uses Frozen Turkey To Rescue Couple

Published: November 23, 2005 | 2806th good news item since 2003

It’s the kind of rescue that can only happen around the holidays.

Two people were trapped in a burning car in the western suburbs when bystanders pulled them free, one of them using a frozen turkey he just bought to smash the glass. [Pedestrian Safety Expert Gets Hit by Bus : Another Weird Year of Bizarre News Stories from Around the World]

The victims were critically injured, and as CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports, it’s a wonder the rescuers weren’t hurt as well.

“I looked and said that car is on fire,” said good Samaritan Mark Copsy.

Copsy is talking about what he saw at the intersection of Wolf Road and North Avenue Sunday afternoon where an elderly couple was trapped inside a burning car.

“I’m thinking to myself, the only thing that can break this window is what I’ve got in my hands,” Copsy said.

He was holding his Thanksgiving turkey. He had just bought the 20-pounder at Farmer’s Best Market.

“I just grabbed that turkey and just bashed it, bam,” Copsy said. The shopping bag and turkey show signs of the heroic act. [Unforgettable Things To Do Before You Die]

Soon after Copsy broke some of the windows to get to the couple, Michael Carpanzano arrived with a fire extinguisher. Carpanzano says the elderly man was still ablaze.

“I immediately extinguished the fire off of him and the inside of the car,” Carpanzano said.

Then Carpanzano realized the man’s wife was still in the passenger seat.

“Couldn’t get the door open. Tried, tried, tried the inside, couldn’t get it open, So i broke the back window. That time the police showed up,” he said.

Officers on the scene and good Samaritans then helped get the couple out of their fire ravaged car. They remain hospitalized in critical condition.

“They risked their lives to try to rescue these people and it was an act of courage on everybody’s part really,” said Chief Dennis Koletsos with the Northlake Police Department.

The good Samaritans and the officers involved in this rescue will receive awards and be recognized at an upcoming city council meeting in Northlake. [Everyday Heroes : Inspiring Stories of Ordinary People Who Made a Difference]

It’s still not known how the fire started.

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