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Old 09-20-2020, 07:27 PM
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Driving home from Atlantic City this afternoon
rounded the corner on the parkway. Saw smoke and cars stopped/ stopping
saw a car fire in the tree line off the highway.

off duty cop was already on scene.

it literally just happened as the fire just started
I pulled over, fire was getting nasty. Driver was
unconscious but alive

we pulled him out , had to be 20 seconds before the entire interior was engulfed.

Scary situation after the adrenaline subsided and we were able to see it from a little distance

Guy was alive with some burns on his right leg
and hands.
never ever ever ever want to do that again

and. Im buying a fire extinguisher and putting it in the bed of my truck tomorrow
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Good on you for helping to save that man's life. Many people would have kept on driving.

Had a similar situation once. Wife asked me to please keep driving. Multiple fatalities. I helped the survivors as best I could. A number of people were trying to get an obviously deceased man (his body was folded in the wrong direction and the color was gone from his face) out of the car before it was consumed with flames. I told his son his dad was ok while I tried to keep him stable and calm. Truck drivers drove buy and tossed out fire extinguishers which was just enough to keep the car from going up in flames... It was a bad situation. Tough seeing the bodies and families whose lives were changed in an instant.

God bless our police, firemen, and EMS.
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Well done. Too many drive right on by.
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Good man. This will come back to you in a good way
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Well done.
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Nice.

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Nice My, nice
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You would be surprised how many departments don't have fire extinguishers in their patrol cars. I didn't have one in my unit and bought one out of my own pocket. Came by an interstate fire (grass only thank God) that a trucker had already used his extinguisher and couldn't stop. State Trooper didn't have one and had radioed it in to the fire department. I flipped a U and got it out before it got any worse than it already was. Went and bought another one that same week as I knew I wouldn't get reimbursed (and didn't.)
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Awesome job.

Wife and I had almost the same scenario getting on Pkwy from lacey road (74) labor day weekend, saw a car on side of road around mm 77, white smoke only looked like it was overheating, as we got closer saw a small fire under the car. No traffic so I got over to shoulder as hard as I could, grabbed my fire extinguisher and ran back, all occupants out of the car, so I tried to hit the fire through the grill under the car and through a buckle in hood between the hood and fender. Did absolutely nothing to it.

Fire extinguisher is a great tool to have. Especially if it buys a few extra seconds to get a person out, but as I found out, a small extinguisher is mostly useless even when the fire was small. I had to try though, we were there, and I had a unit in the Excursion

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Hard to get a gas fire out under a hood.
hot motor and flammable gas.
you are not going to get the temp down enough to stop it, and just about impossible to get rid of the O2 with a hand held extinguisher with the hood closed
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Excellent! One day, you will be rewarded either here or in the afterlife. Nothing smells worse than burning flesh
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Nice of you to get involved and do the Good Samaritan thing!

I am glad you and the cop weren't hurt.
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Good job, thanks for stopping.

It will come back to you a thousand times.
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Outstanding. You just saved a life.
I also always carry a knife in my belt and seatbelt cutter on the visor to cut the seatbelt, if I can't reach the buckle. I also carry a spring-loaded center punch for vehicles in the water.
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Well done.

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Great job!!! High five and a man hug!!!
Hero status achieved!!!!
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Excellent job, OP!
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WOW!

If this isnt a reason the for the like button, nothing is

Great job
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Good job!!!!

It is always good to have a fire extinguisher in your vehicle. It's won't stop a car fire once it gets going but might buy you a few precious seconds which can be the difference between a "feel good" feeling of doing what you did or a lifetime of nightmares watching someone that couldn't be helped.
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Good work OP, a much better memory than the alternative.
I carry this and a 10lb ABC extinguisher in my vehicle just in case... thankfully, I’ve never had to use them.



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