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Off-duty firefighter saves man trapped in flame-engulfed car in Brooklyn

A FDNY lieutenant jumped into motion when he and his spouse got here throughout a car that was engulfed in flames – with the motive force trapped inside – in Brooklyn early Saturday.

The couple was driving house to Breezy Point from a pal’s home in Staten Island with their son and daughter, 7 and 6, round 3 a.m. when two automobiles went dashing previous them on the Belt Parkway, FDNY Lt. Richard Cannon mentioned. 

Then, because the couple approached the Bay Parkway exit, they noticed the BMW and Corvette had crashed in the center of the freeway, leaving the Corvette in flames.

A car in flames after a crash on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn on May 3, 2024.
A car in flames after a crash on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn on May 3, 2024. FDNY
A BMW and a Corvette crashed in the middle of the highway.
A BMW and a Corvette crashed in the center of the freeway. Lauren Cannon
Off-duty firefighter Richard Cannon saved a man trapped in the burning car.
Off-duty firefighter Richard Cannon saved a man trapped in the burning car. Lauren Cannon

Cannon’s coaching kicked in and he ran to the motive force’s aspect of the car.

“I tried to get the victim out of the front seat, but that side of the car had damage to it and I couldn’t get the door open,” mentioned the 43-year-old, whose been with the division for half his life. “The fire was continuing to grow. So I went to the passenger seat and reached over and unbuckled the victim.”

EMS workers at the scene of the accident.
EMS employees on the scene of the accident. FNTV/Diego Luzuriaga (FreedomNewsTV)

He had some bother getting the man over the middle console, however managed to tug him out, he mentioned.

An off-duty EMT additionally pulled over and helped Cannon get him to the aspect of the highway, the place each of them tried to make the unconscious man comfy.

By then, the hearth division was on the scene, as a result of Cannon had referred to as the FDNY dispatcher, he mentioned.

The destroyed Corvette after the accident.
The destroyed Corvette after the accident. FNTV/Diego Luzuriaga (FreedomNewsTV)
The other car involved in the accident.
The different car concerned in the accident. FNTV/Diego Luzuriaga (FreedomNewsTV)

His spouse, Lauren Cannon, mentioned the couple’s 7-year-old son sadly awoke and noticed the crash from the car. The 6-year-old didn’t stir.

“It’s a teachable moment to not go 110 miles per hour on the Belt Parkway,” the 40-year-old mentioned.

 Her husband, who’s from Ladder 148 in Borough Park, mentioned his intuition was to assist.

“It’s just what we do,” Cannon mentioned. “Somebody needed help and we got them. I was just doing my job.”

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