Veteran who pulled mother, daughter from burning car recounts dramatic rescue

A mother and daughter involved in a fiery wreck in Georgia on Friday are alive thanks in part to the quick thinking of a veteran.According to Georgia State Patrol, the mother and daughter were traveling down GA 196 when a dump truck pulled directly into their path, causing the crash.Brian Patterson saw it happen. “I was looking over, talking to my son actually, and as soon as I looked back over to the center of my windshield, I saw a big burst of flame,” he said.Without thinking, Patterson jumped into action. He risked his own life to save total strangers.”I wasn’t about to watch two people burn alive,” he said.When Patterson got to the burning vehicles, he said the mom was already halfway out of her car and the dump truck driver was fully out of his vehicle. Once he pulled the mom to safety, she told him her daughter was still in her car, so Patterson went back to get her.”All I could see was her arms, so I grabbed her arms and dragged her out of the car,” Patterson said.Once at a safe distance, Patterson and another man identified as Leaga Sua extinguished the young girl as she was still on fire.The mother and daughter were badly injured, but if Patterson and Sua hadn’t been there, police said the crash could have had a very different outcome.Patterson doesn’t necessarily want to be called a hero, however. He said he simply did what he hopes anyone else would do.”I am glad they’re alive, I am glad everyone survived, but to be called a hero? I don’t know, it is pretty weird,” he said.Both the mother and daughter were taken to a hospital. The dump truck driver refused any medical treatment.

A mother and daughter involved in a fiery wreck in Georgia on Friday are alive thanks in part to the quick thinking of a veteran.

According to Georgia State Patrol, the mother and daughter were traveling down GA 196 when a dump truck pulled directly into their path, causing the crash.

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Brian Patterson saw it happen.

“I was looking over, talking to my son actually, and as soon as I looked back over to the center of my windshield, I saw a big burst of flame,” he said.

Without thinking, Patterson jumped into action. He risked his own life to save total strangers.

“I wasn’t about to watch two people burn alive,” he said.

When Patterson got to the burning vehicles, he said the mom was already halfway out of her car and the dump truck driver was fully out of his vehicle. Once he pulled the mom to safety, she told him her daughter was still in her car, so Patterson went back to get her.

“All I could see was her arms, so I grabbed her arms and dragged her out of the car,” Patterson said.

Once at a safe distance, Patterson and another man identified as Leaga Sua extinguished the young girl as she was still on fire.

The mother and daughter were badly injured, but if Patterson and Sua hadn’t been there, police said the crash could have had a very different outcome.

Patterson doesn’t necessarily want to be called a hero, however. He said he simply did what he hopes anyone else would do.

“I am glad they’re alive, I am glad everyone survived, but to be called a hero? I don’t know, it is pretty weird,” he said.

Both the mother and daughter were taken to a hospital. The dump truck driver refused any medical treatment.

Contributed by local news sources

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