UPS driver rescues woman from burning car called a hero
[caption id="attachment_69752" align="aligncenter" width="324"] UPS driver rescues woman from burning car[/caption]UPS Driver Saves Woman From Burning Truck
The quick thinking driver of a UPS truck who witnessed a horrifying accident on the 60 Freeway just east of downtown Los Angeles used a fire extinguisher from his vehicle to help rescue a woman trapped in one of the accident vehicles.
Lawrence Sanchez was hailed as a hero when other passers-by failed to open the truck where the woman was trapped due to extensive heat.
"As soon as I started to slow down, the little Lexus rear-ended the truck and it caught on fire," Sanchez said.
He used the extinguisher on the fast-growing flames, allowing the woman to get out of the truck. Sanchez also pointed the extinguisher spray at her head when he noticed that her hair had already caught fire.
"As the flames got bigger, I got my fire extinguisher from my truck," Sanchez said. "Some other good Samaritans had tried to pull the door, but they could not get it open. There's only so much you can do when it's that hot."
Sanchez’s heoric efforts helped the victim escape the truck. He continued to state:
“When she got out, her whole head was on fire, so I sprayed the fire extinguisher at her face to put out the flames,” “My fire extinguisher wasn’t very big, so I did the best I could”.
“It was horrific. The most horrific thing I’ve seen in 30 years of driving (for UPS).”
The woman sustained major injuries and was transported to the nearest hospital. The driver of the Lexus who originally crashed into the truck in which the woman was a passenger as well as the driver of the truck involved in the accident were hurt but had no life threatening injuries.
Sanchez downplayed his role in helping to save the trapped woman, insisting he was no hero but simply did what he could and said he felt badly that his extinguisher seemed so small for the job. He had high praise for California Highway Patrol officers who arrived quickly on the scene.
This isn't the first time this year a UPS driver has made headlines for their heroism.
On January 21, when UPS driver Gavin Crowsley first spotted a Great Dane named Phoenix, the dog was so emaciated that he mistook it for a Dalmatian. Phoenix was on a short chain without food, water or shelter. Crowsley, who was in the middle of his delivery route in Indiana, had to stop.
"I could see every bone in his body," he told his employer. "He was just lying there. I knew if that dog didn't die from starvation, he was going to die from the weather. I didn't want to have a confrontation, but I couldn't just leave him there."
After a long recover, the large pup is doing much better.
The Huff Post writes:
Now, Phoenix is on his way to becoming a therapy dog. With his new mother's help, he can sit, stay, and shake. And his new Facebook page, "Phoenix Fighters" updates fans on his progress. Most recently, the Phoenix and his mom participated in a 5K to raise money for the Humane Society and the American Cancer Society. His mission, according to the Facebook page, is to continue raising money for "doggies that are in need!"
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