Harlem-Roscoe Firefighters responded to a report of an accident with the car now on fire on Prairie Hill Rd. on Sept. 27. When units arrived they found a car in the ditch that was fully involved with fire and that two passing motorists had pulled the driver from the car to safety. The driver was air lifted to the hospital by React Helicopter.
Harlem-Roscoe Fire Chief Don Shoevlin presented Tim Wolosyn and Roger Turner with Good Samaritan Awards for their quick action in an emergency during a special ceremony at the HRFD Fire station #1 on Sept. 29.
Tom and Roger met each other for the first time on Sept. 26 as they raced to a car they came upon on Prairie Hill Rd. that had crashed and was now burning. Tim’s girl friend called 911 as the two men approached the car. Roger said the engine compartment was fully involved with fire and it was wrapping around to the driver’s side. “We saw a man in there and we knew we had to get him out before the fire got inside.” Roger continued, “He was wrapped up in the air bag and his seat belt and before I knew it, Tim, an Army National Guardsman, had pulled his knife and cut the man free.” Tim added, “It took both of us to pull him out and carry him to safety.” Roger said as they looked back at the car, the fire was now burning inside the car. The duo tried hiding from the lime light and don’t consider themselves heroes. They say that it was something any soldier or citizen should do. Tim and Roger, you are heroes in our book!