Firefighter, Bystanders Save Woman from Burning Car in MA

An off-duty fire captain and several bystanders helped rescue a woman from her burning car after a crash in Rockland, Massachusetts.

The Patriot Ledger reports ( the firefighter, Captain Edward McGarry, was on his way to work sometime before 7 a.m. when he saw a car on fire in the Route 3 median in Rockland with a woman pinned inside. McGarry and several passers-by pulled the woman from the car just as flames and thick, black smoke reached the vehicle’s passenger compartment, according to officials.

McGarry said he grabbed his fire gear from his car and jumped a fence to join several other bystanders outside the burning car.

While a bystander sprayed the engine with a chemical fire extinguisher to buy additional time, McGarry and the others worked to free the woman’s legs, which were pinned between the dashboard and driver’s seat. The rescuers eventually pulled her out feet first through the window as flames were burning through the floorboard of the car.

Firefighters from Rockland and Hingham extinguished the fire while a Norwell crew treated the woman, who has not been identified. She was transported to an area hospital.

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