off-duty St. George firefighter is being commended along with several other
civil service employees, for stepping in to help after a car collided
with an 18-wheeler and caught fire Wednesday morning.
The St. George Fire Protection District said
Jonathan Dixon was on his way home around 7 a.m. when he happened upon the
"One of the state troopers had shown up and him and the
Baton Rouge cop assisted me in breaking the passenger window where we unlocked
it and another trooper was on the driver side pushing her because her legs were
stuck underneath the dash and at that time we noticed the glow from the fire
and with assistance from them, we got her out and we laid her on the road and
got her to a safe place," said Dixon.
State Trooper Chase Huval was also
among those who happened to be passing by the scene when he jumped into action
and added that less than 20 seconds after the men pulled the woman to safety,
the inside of the car exploded into flames.
Eldon Ledoux with SGFPD said the pair rescued
the driver and gave her basic medical care until the ambulance made it to the
He said the woman was not seriously injured
in the wreck.
The district expressed how it is proud of
Dixon and proud he is a part of its team.
added Dixon was on his way home after working a 24-hour shift.
"I think any police
officer would have done the same thing. Any State Trooper would have done the
same thing and I think any fireman not just my coworkers, any fireman out there
would do the exact same thing," added Dixon.
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