An off-duty Army captain pulled a couple trapped inside a burning car to safety to save them from a terrible death in North Carolina.
The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon when William Thompson, 67, was driving his wife Kathleen, 63, through Chatham County, North Carolina.
However, another driver, Mark Ricketts, 59, crossed into the couple’s lane, hit their Acura head-on and turned his own Chrysler SUV over on its side. Both vehicles immediately caught fire. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Army Captain Steve Voglezon can be seen dragging William Thompson to safety after his car was hit head-on by another vehicle in North Carolina on Sunday. Voglezon also saved his wife.
2. Voglezon can be seen, left, pulling William Thompson to safety at the roadside as firefighters get to work.
Army Captain Steve Voglezon happened to be driving by the scene with his girlfriend, on his way to the mall, and ran to help.
A video taken by a witness and shared with WNCN has captured what followed.
It shows both of the collided vehicles on fire, as a police officer tries to open the Acura’s locked doors.
At this point, Voglezon takes a fire extinguisher and smashes the Acura’s windows with it, before pulling out William Thompson and dragging him to the safety of the roadside.
3. Voglezon was appropriately wearing a Captain America T-shirt when he ran to rescue the couple.
4. He credited his Army training (pictured) with helping him know what to do in the situation.
Voglezon also helped Kathleen Thompson out to safety. He said that he went into soldier mode when he saw the accident. He told ABC News:
Had I not been a soldier I would not have known what to do. The Army has helped a lot.
The SUV’s driver was also rescued from his vehicle with the help of neighbor John Spurrell, who then filmed Voglezon in action. Spurrell credited the brave soldier with saving the couple’s lives.
But Volgezon refused to be credited with heroism in the rescue mission.
5. The couple, William and Kathy Thompson, pictured, were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
6. Their red sedan, right, was hit head-on by a silver Chrysler. That driver also survived with injuries.
I was just at the right place at the right time.
People do this every day at the fire department. I wasn’t alone out there, there were at least 10 of us in the community working together.
The three victims were all taken to UNC Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Ricketts, the SUV driver, has been charged with driving left of center in the incident, according to WNCN.
7. The moment a brave Army captain rescues a couple from a burning car.
8. Fort Bragg’s real Captain America and his amazing rescue — an ABC News report.
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