DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Two teens are recovering from a fiery crash thanks to the quick reaction of one good Samaritan.
Dan Boyer was asleep in his Shelby County, Ohio home when he heard a Jeep crash in his front yard early Thursday morning.
“I ran outside,” said Boyer. One boy was outside the Jeep and the other, the driver, was trapped in his seatbelt. The back of the Jeep was on fire.”
Boyer rushed back inside his home and retrieved a knife.
“When I got back outside, the fire had spread to the back seats in the Jeep,” said Boyer.
Boyer cut the seatbelt and freed the driver, Matthew Larger, 18, of Piqua, from the burning SUV.
The Shelby County Sheriff plans to nominate Boyer for a Buckeye Life Saving Award. Boyer, however, said he doesn’t consider himself a hero.
“I have a son who is around the same age as the two teens,” said Boyer. “I would hope someone would do it for my kids too.”
Larger and his passenger, Aaron Felver, 19, of Piqua refused transport to an area hospital. The accident remains under investigation.