Driver safely pulled from burning car

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CHARLESTON, South Carolina (WCBD) – In August, 28-year-old Shana Porter was saved from a burning car on Interstate 26 in North Charleston thanks to the quick thinking and brave actions of passing motorists.

Paramedic and EMT team David and Nikcole Dickson were just two of the many people who jumped from their vehicles and jumped into action.

“As we got out of our vehicle we noticed that the car was on fire. Once we got closer, we noticed that someone was screaming from inside the vehicle,” David Dickson said.

“The flames were coming into the vehicle toward the driver so I climbed on top of the vehicle. I was able to break out the sun roof. I was able to put our fire extinguisher in to keep the flames off the driver,” he continued.

“You could see the fuel dripping from the back of the car. Our main concern was to keep it from traveling to that gas tack,” Nikcole Dickson said.

“I won’t lie to you. In the back of my head I was thinking I should not be on top of this vehicle. But no one would have left without trying to save this woman’s life,” David Dickson said.

And it seems that fortune does indeed favor the brave. They say that just as the first fire extinguisher was running out, an extinguisher delivery person happened upon the accident scene with 30 more extinguishers. But the good fortune did not stop there.

“As I emptied the last extinguisher I looked back for another one. Nikcole told me there were no more. I looked over and the North Charleston Fire Department was coming down the hill,” he said.

A young life was saved thanks to iron nerves, quick thinking and a few blessings along the way.

“Without everything falling in place and everyone working as a team she would not have survived that wreck,” David Dickson said.


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