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Waitress Sees Burning Car on Side of Highway, Races to Pull Bleeding Driver Out Before It Explodes

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Keelyn Harper from Covington, Georgia, was on her way home to her 14-month-old daughter on June 10 when she saw something that she had to pause for.

She was driving from Rooster’s Drive Inn, taking a different route than usual, and it was around 9:30 p.m. when she spotted a light in the dark.

“From far away it looked like someone had thrown something out in the bushes that caught on fire,” she told Fox News. “I didn’t know it was a car until I stopped.”

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But it was, indeed, a car — and Ashley Strawn was trapped inside. Harper quickly called 911 and then jumped into action herself, realizing that, if she didn’t, “nobody was going to.”

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Strawn’s legs were trapped, and she had a leg gash down to the bone and a head wound that was bleeding profusely. Overall, she was in very rough shape.

“I was telling her, you know, ‘the car was about to blow, we have to get out of here now’,” Harper recalled.



“I tore down and climbed over all the branches I could and was able to get to the passenger side door and break it open,” Harper later wrote in a Facebook post. “I dragged her out and we sat there together until police arrived.

“There was no way I could carry her over even with the fire popping and getting bigger I just couldn’t so we sat there. She was seriously injured.”

At some point, Harper remembered other people approached, but they wouldn’t come close enough to help her, and she couldn’t carry Strawn very far by herself. So she got as far from the blazing car as she could, and then she prayed hard.

“I remember other people showing up but keeping their distance,” she wrote the day after the incident. “I yelled and asked if the fire was getting bigger and they said it was. I couldn’t carry her up the embankment and others who were once trying to get close to us eventually went back to the main road once the fire was getting to be too much.

“But I know if that was my daughter… I would pray to god someone stayed with her. So I did. We sat pinned up between the car and the branches and I just prayed and prayed and prayed this car wouldn’t blow up so I could go home and see my daughter again.”



Both women made it. Strawn’s sister reported that Strawn had suffered broken ribs, broken wrists, broken vertebrae, a broken nose, a broken pelvis and blood in a lung in addition to multiple facial wounds.

Without Harper’s help, though, she would almost certainly have died in that fiery car. When asked why she ran toward danger, Harper had a simple answer.

“It was just the instinct, you know, maybe a motherly instinct or maybe just … the human instinct to help,” she said.

According to The Covington News, Strawn’s boyfriend, Troy Anderson, said that she had made a run to the store and was less than a minute from their home when she’d tried to avoid a deer on the road and crashed into the woods.

In an updated post, Harper shared that Strawn was doing better and she strongly believed that Strawn would make a full recovery. According to Fox News, Strawn is looking forward to meeting her hero.

“Thank you for saving my life,” Strawn said. “I can’t wait to meet you.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Family Escapes Through 2nd-Story Window During Armed Standoff After Suspect Barricades Door: Report

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On July 25, in Auburn, Alabama, a man reportedly put his family, his neighborhood, first responders and himself in a very dangerous position. Calls came into the Auburn Police District around 7:00 p.m. reporting a domestic violence incident in the Camden Ridge Subdivision. When police arrived, the man reportedly began firing at them with a handgun. Police fired back, and the man retreated into the home, where he also had his family trapped in a room. Thanks to the police and fire department coming together and working smarter instead of harder, the situation was resolved without injury to the family members trapped upstairs. It was firefighter Andrew Kiser, Chief of Police Cedric Anderson and Shift Supervisor Lt. Cody Hill who were responsible for carrying out the daring rescue that helped bring the threat to an end. While the shooter refused to exit the house, the men carried a ladder to the house and set it up to reach one of the second-story windows, where they learned the man’s family had been trapped. While Anderson held the ladder steady, Hill climbed the ladder and Kiser assisted the family as they climbed out of the window. With the family out of the way, Lee County SWAT was able to enter the house and capture the suspect. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South after he was found to have sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound. “Auburn PD Alerts: Heavy Police Activity in the Camden Ridge Subdivision, in the area of Wedgewood Ct.,” a public safety alert for the area read, according to WRBL-TV. “The scene is secure at this time, NO ONGOING THREAT.” Auburn Assistant Police Chief Clarence Stewart praised the efforts of all involved, highlighting how each group present played an important role in…

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After Receiving Call About Blazing Attic Fire, Police Rescue Man Trapped Inside Smoke-Filled Bedroom

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A family in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, woke up just before midnight on Sunday and sensed something was wrong. They called 911 at around 11:38 p.m., reporting a “possible fire at the residence,” according to The Journal NJ. Officers Ryan Anzalone, Donna Gonzalez, Michael Morgante and Colin Murray with the Marlboro Township Police Department were first on the scene and quickly assessed the situation. They found smoke pouring out of the attic, but were relieved to see the family appeared to have exited the home. After a short time, though, the family realized one of their members was not with them, and was likely still trapped inside on the second floor. Gonzalez and Anzalone charged in and found the man, as described, in a bedroom on the second floor. By the time they got there, the room was “completely filled with smoke,” but they managed to rescue the resident. The fire department had a difficult time accessing the home due to the long, narrow driveway and a large landscaping rock. “While enroute Chief 2-66 was advised of heavy smoke from the attic,” the Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. #1 posted on Facebook. “At the time the mutual aid response plan was put in place and the box alarm was requested to bring in initial assistance.” “Upon the arrival of 2-66 Chief advised the house was located down a 180 foot narrow driveway. Once engine 2-75 arrived there was trouble accessing the house due to a large ornamental boulder and trees. Members of the engine and police moved the 400lb boulder so the engine could get to the house and attack the fire. “As the incident progressed, the second alarm mutual aid plan was requested for this deep seated, hard to access attic fire.” The two officers who…

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