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Veteran honored for saving man from fiery Middlesex crash

Posted September 14, 2020 5:01 p.m. EDT
Updated September 14, 2020 6:14 p.m. EDT

Ben Matthews, a retired Air Force veteran, saved a man from a fiery crash in Middlesex before the local fire department could arrive

— On Monday, a good Samaritan in Nash County was honored for pulling a man from a burning vehicle.

On Aug. 18, Ben Matthews, a retired Air Force veteran, saved a man from a fiery crash in Middlesex before the local fire department could arrive. Crews who responded to the scene said Matthews potentially saved the man's life.

Instead, the driver walked away with minor injuries. Matthews was unhurt.

Middlesex fiery crash

At 5 p.m. Monday, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey presented Matthews with a Heroism Award for his selfless act at the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department.

Also while in Nash County, Causey will attend Monday night’s meeting of the Rocky Mount City Council, where he will present the Rocky Mount Fire Department with a Class 1 rating, the highest rating a fire department can receive.

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