Hilton Quintana helped to rescue Andreas Kruizenga from burning, Cresco, Pennsylvania, August 25, 2016. Kruizenga, 65, was the driver of a car that overturned in a nighttime accident on a rural road. A fire started at the car’s front end and smoke filled the interior; Kruizenga yelled for help. A nearby resident, Quintana, 59, senior equipment technician, arrived about the same time as a police officer. They attempted to open a damaged front door but, due to smoke, could not see Kruizenga inside. Quintana and the officer moved to a rear door and opened it. Kruizenga’s hand soon appeared through the smoke. Quintana and the officer grabbed onto Kruizenga, whose body was stuck; together they removed him from the car. As the officer dragged Kruizenga, whose pants were burning, farther away, Quintana attempted to smother the flames with a floor mat before pulling the pants off. Quintana and the officer then carried Kruizenga toward the officer’s patrol car as flames grew. Kruizenga was hospitalized for burns to his legs and arms. He recovered.
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