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Off-Duty Navy Fire Inspector Pulls Motorist From Burning Vehicle

Naval District Washington (NDW) Fire Inspector Karen Montgomery, assigned to Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP), had just passed through a construction zone June 16 on Chicamuxen Rd. on her way toward Nanjemoy when she noticed an accident along a rough patch of pavement: a SUV was off the road and had impacted a tree on the passenger side. What started as a seemingly routine accident, however, quickly devolved into a life or death situation. Days later, local first responders and Navy leaders credit Montgomery and two active bystanders for saving the victim’s life. Montgomery first stopped to block traffic and assess the scene. “Upon approach of the car I noticed damage to driver’s door and light smoke,” she said. “The driver was seat belted and had trauma to his head.” After instructing a bystander to call 911, Montgomery noticed that smoke from the area around the victim’s seat had become fire. A damaged dash board prevented the victim from escaping. “I grabbed a blanket from the back seat and attempted to smother the fire,” she said. “After the blanket had burned up I started to pull the driver’s door down to get egress.” A second bystander joined the now-critical […]

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