On August 11th, on the I-10 Freeway in Gulfport, Mississippi, trucker David Fredericksen witnessed a horrific crash after a Lincoln Town Car crashed into an 18-wheeler's gas tank and went up in a fireball.
While his trucking partner Walter Letterman warned David to not try and save anyone, David decided to do so anyway with his fire extinguisher - a decision that ended up being oh-so-right!
That's because his efforts not only prompted others to help out the accident victims, but he also saved a grandmother and her 1-year-old granddaughter who were trapped inside.
Here's how David described the scene:
“We noticed there was a lady in the front, kicking the front seat – the door, trying to get out, and when we opened the door I noticed a 1-year-old little girl in the back seat. She was pretty happy when I grabbed her out of there.”
His partner Walter explained how good their timing was when he said:
“We got them both away from the car, and it just went up in flames.”
The trucker Scott Swanson was also rescued, and was in disbelief that he was still alive after the fire left only charred metal behind once rescuers were finally able to put out the flames. He said:
“I don’t know how we all made it through that.”
The woman and the baby somehow only had minor injuries, and the emergency responders were quick to hail David Fredericksen's fast thinking as his efforts most definitely saved the baby and woman's life! Especially since the first responders didn't get there until after the car shot up in flames!
As for David, he kept his humbleness about the whole thing. He said:
“When you see something like this, you have no other choice.”
Spoken like a true hero!
Here's to you, David Fredericksen!
Check out the video of the entire rescue down (below) !!!
[Image via YouTube.]
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