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Volunteer firefighter saves man trapped in burning vehicle

Posted September 19

— Police say a Connecticut volunteer firefighter used a tire jack to rescue a man trapped inside a burning vehicle.

The South Windsor volunteer was driving along state Route 15 in North Haven around 6:30 a.m. Sunday when he saw the flaming car on the shoulder.

State police say Sandeep Ahuja had struck a guard rail and crashed into a tree, which ignited his vehicle. Ahuja was freed before the car became fully engulfed. With Ahuja's passenger still trapped inside, the volunteer firefighter used the jack to break the window and pulled the man to safety.

Ahuja and his passenger were treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital for injuries not believed to be life-threatening.


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