Michael James Jordan helped to save Alicia E. Brunnett from burning, Killingly, Connecticut, November 14, 2017. Brunnett, 24, was trapped inside her burning pickup truck after a highway accident. Jordan, 47, logger, was driving on the highway with his son when they came upon the accident. Flames were issuing from the underside of the truck on its passenger side. Jordan exited his vehicle and ran to the driver’s side of the truck, where Brunnett was sitting in the driver’s seat, her legs trapped beneath the dashboard. Jordan attempted to open the driver’s door but it was jammed. The door’s window was broken out, and the window frame was buckled, limiting access to Brunnett. Jordan grasped the door frame and pulled down on it. Jordan’s boot caught fire from flames on the underside of the truck near where he was standing, and he stamped his foot to put out the flames. Jordan’s son arrived at the driver’s side and both pulled down on the door frame until there was a gap large enough to remove Brunnett. Despite heavy smoke and intense heat, Jordan and his son both reached in through the gap. Both men grasped Brunnett, Jordan freeing her legs from underneath the dashboard, and pulled her from the truck. Jordan’s pant leg caught fire and he smothered the flames. Jordan and his son moved Brunnett farther away from the truck, which was shortly engulfed by flames. Brunnett was hospitalized for broken limbs and internal injuries. She was not burned. Jordan sustained a burn to his right shin; he recovered.
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