Adam Matthew Myers helped to rescue a man from burning, Clifton Park, New York, August 8, 2014. A 54-year-old man remained in the driver’s seat of a station wagon that was aflame on the inside after the vehicle left the roadway and came to rest in mud at the edge of a pond. Driving nearby, Myers, 21, graduate student, witnessed the accident and ran to the scene, as did another male motorist. They found flames virtually filling the vehicle’s passenger compartment, spreading toward its front end, and issuing from the partially opened window of the driver’s door. The driver’s hair and shirt were aflame. After the man was removed through the driver’s door to the mud beside the vehicle, Myers and the other motorist, each grasping a wrist, dragged him a short distance to the pond. Myers used mud and water to extinguish flames on the driver’s body and clothing, after which the driver attempted re-entry of the vehicle, the inside of which was fully engulfed by flame. First responders arrived and secured the man, who was then taken to the hospital. Medics at the scene treated Myers, who sustained minor burns to a hand. He recovered.
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