Hero saves man from burning car

first_imgJames Bray was in the right place at the right time early Saturday morning to pull a man out of a burning car … until things started to go wrong.As flames crept up the trapped driver’s legs, Bray said, “I thought, ‘Am I going to watch this man die?’”But Bray kept going, slicing through the driver’s seat belt with a knife he keeps on a key chain. And then — with the help of two passengers who’d escaped from the crashed vehicle — Bray was able to pull the injured man through the car window.Capt. Bob Carroll, commander of the first Vancouver Fire Department unit to arrive at about 2 a.m. Saturday, said he will recommend Bray for a lifesaving award.“He saved the driver from burning up,” Carroll said in a report to department officials.The driver was Brian J. Hall, 22, Vancouver police said in a news release Saturday. Hall was transported to the Legacy Health System burn center in Portland with what were described as serious injuries. He was a patient there Saturday evening; his condition was unavailable.According to a police report, Hall’s BMW was traveling at a high speed when it hit the utility pole at the intersection of McLoughlin and Grand boulevards. The Vancouver Police Department’s traffic unit is investigating the accident. It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor.last_img

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