Volunteer Firefighter Rescues Woman Trapped In Burning Car

Published: May 25, 2007 | 6271st good news item since 2003

A volunteer firefighter is being heralded as a hero after he jumped into a burning car to save a woman’s life.

Robin Drought was the passenger in a car when in wrecked in Pleasanton back in March. Her door was smashed in and her feet were pinned under the dashboard. Then, the fuel tank ruptured and the car caught on fire. The water trucks weren’t there yet, but Pleasanton volunteer firefighter, Scott Garris was. Garris got inside the burning car with a fire extinguisher and kept the flames back.

“He sat there and held my hands the entire time. I thought if he stays with me and doesn’t leave me, everything must be okay,” said Drought.

The fire was put out when the water trucks arrived, and Drought was extracted from the car. She suffered second degree burns on her back and numerous broken bones, but is expected to make a full recovery thanks to Garris.

Captain Garris was named ‘District Firefighter of The Year’ last month.

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