Posted: Jan 3, 2013 5:26 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Jan 3, 2013 7:11 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - A Livingston Parish woman told News 2 today she was eternally grateful for three heroic first responders who pulled her from a fiery wreck.
Around 7 a.m. Wednesday, St. George firefighter Jonathon Dixon was leaving home and heading toward a part-time job when he noticed smoke pouring from an 18-wheeler near Magnolia Bridge.
Dixon ran to the scene to find a car trapped underneath the trailer. He was unsure if anyone was inside, but witnesses told him they hadn't seen anyone come out.
"I could hear the accelerator which told me someone was in there," Dixon said.
He tried kicking the back window in with a boot, which didn't work. Seconds later, Louisiana State Trooper Chase Huvall and a Baton Rouge Police officer showed up with a fire extinguisher.
"We attempted to extinguish the fire but soon realized it wasn't doing much, so we proceeded on with busting out the back window with the fire extinguisher," Dixon said.
As the fire spread, Dixon unlocked her door, crawled inside and checked her vital signs while Trooper Huvall smashed in the passenger window.
"I realized that she was alive, and by that time, the whole car was full of smoke. So I went back outside, took off my flannel jacket, then got back in and put that over her face," Dixon explained.
Trooper Huvall then reached in and grabbed her shoulder, and the two pulled her across the passenger seat, out the door and to safety.
The victim, who didn't want to be identified, was rushed to the hospital with minor injuries and couldn't be more thankful to the men who saved her life.
"My family and I are eternally grateful for the police and firefighters that went above the call of duty," she told News 2 today. "Without them, I wouldn't be here today."
Investigators determined the victim lost consciousness at the wheel due to a medical condition before swerving underneath the truck.