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Paramedics Quick Action Saved Driver’s Life

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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – The 9-1-1 calls reporting the one-car roll-over crash came in just before 1 a.m. Thursday.

Fortunately for the crash victim, paramedics Kayden Bathory and Rob Long with MedStar just happened to be nearby in their ambulance. They were first on the scene.

“We pulled up there and we saw a red pick-up truck,” Bathory remembered. “It’s fully engulfed in flames.”

Just seconds before, a passing driver told a 911 operator the bad crash had now become a race against time to save a woman’s life.

“Well, hell!” the caller exclaimed as he tried unsuccessfully to approach the wreck. “This thing is catching on fire big-time now! I don’t know if the driver got out of it or not!

“We just went straight for the resources we had at hand to try to put out the flames to try to get to her,” Bathory said.

“The patient was entrapped in the vehicle,” Long said. “We got a fire extinguisher and tried to put it out so we could free her up. The fire extinguisher didn’t do much. So what we did was we actually took turns. We’d run in, grab her, try to free her up and it was a little too hot and we’d back up and take a break. There wasn’t much time to think. We did what we thought was right.”

“It was a scary moment,” Bathory recalled.

The paramedics pulled the woman from the burning truck without a moment to spare.

“I’m telling you, as soon as we got her to safety, I don’t know if it was the gas tank or what, something exploded in the vehicle and it actually knocked us on the ground,” Long said. “It was all just perfect timing!”

And how do the two view saving a crash victim — and probably themselves — in the knick of time?

“Its just another day, y’know?” Long said as he looked as his partner. “What do you think?”

“Just another day,” Bathory replied.

Medstar officials say they plan on honoring the two for their action.

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