Archive for Thursday, December 3, 2009

Firefighter brings crash victim to safety

December 3, 2009

A Fairmount Township firefighter’s daring actions may have saved the life of a Lansing youth involved in a weekend car accident.

Fairmount Township Fire Department and Leavenworth Fire District No. 1 were dispatched to an accident about 8 p.m. Sunday at Kansas Highway 7 and Hollingsworth Road.

According to a report by the Kansas Highway Patrol, the vehicle was headed southbound on K-7 when it left the roadway and entered the west ditch. The vehicle then vaulted across Hollingsworth Road and landed on its roof.

Firefighter Brandon Roberts responded to the call in his personal vehicle and found the car upside down on fire. After further assistance arrived, Roberts was able, while wearing no protective equipment, to cut the driver free and pull him from the burning vehicle through the driver’s side window.

According to the fire report, the victim was able to talk but could not remember what happened or if he had been alone during the crash. He was flown to the Kansas University Hospital, Kansas City, Kan., and his condition is unknown at this time. The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident.

Fairmount Lt. Chris Angermuller said Roberts acted with courage and determination that evening.

“If Brandon had not acted like he did, there is a good chance that the driver would have perished on the scene,” Angermuller said.

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