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Good Samaritans save boy from burning car crash in Maryland

We would all like to think we would be heroes if the opportunity to save another arose, but who really knows? Until one is faced with that decision -- the decision to risk his or her own safety and possibly life -- to save another person, that question remains unanswered.

On July 11, a car ran off I-295 and crashed into a tree. The vehicle burst into flames on impact, with four occupants trapped inside. Three of the occupants were adults, and one was a nine-year old boy. The cause of the car accident is still unknown.

Two Salem County bystanders heroically risked their personal safety to help the occupants of the vehicle. They rushed to the burning vehicle and pulled the young boy from its flames and took him to safety. Unfortunately, all three adults, including the young boy's mother, were pronounced dead on scene.

The young boy was hospitalized for injuries sustained as a result of the crash. He had a broken femur but was otherwise in stable condition.

The Good Samaritans responsible for saving the young boy's life refuse to take credit for being heroes. Despite the bravery it must have taken to rush to a burning vehicle and attempt to save the life of those trapped inside, their modesty will not allow them to accept praise of the community.

However, they can rest easy having answered the question we all have inside, whether we have what it takes to be a true hero, should we be called upon.

Source:, "Your comments: Men who rescued boy from burning vehicle on Interstate 295 say they aren't heroes," July 13, 2011

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