Teens on spring break rescue couple from burning car

by Terry on April 7, 2012 · 2 comments

in Feel Good Pictures, People Feel Good Stories

Luke Vaughn and Cody Decker, dragged victims of a crash from their burning vehicle, April 3, 2012.

Luke Vaughn and Cody Decker started the night locked out of their rented spring break condo, but the two 17-year-olds ended it as heroes after dragging the victims of a high speed crash from their burning vehicle Tuesday night.

The two high school seniors were having issues trying to activate the electric gate at their rental condo in Palm Coast, Fla., when a Jaguar X series careened past them at what they estimated was 100 mph, blasting into a pair of trees. Immediately, Luke called 911 and Cody began sprinting toward the car.

The 911 dispatcher asked how many were trapped. Luke responded that two were trapped.

Initially, the Luke & Cody told ABC News, they believed the passenger and driver had died. But the victim’s moans quickly convinced them otherwise.

“They were begging for their lives,” Luke said, “yelling, ‘Get us out, it’s hot, come on.’ You just immediately do everything you possibly can to get them out of the car.”

While Luke was on the phone, Cody and another bystander worked the bent car door. They couldn’t loosen it enough, so Luke politely told the dispatcher he needed to help. Within seconds, the audiotapes reflect that they were tugging out the woman, Tracy Lopez, and then they freed her.

The flames were nipping at them, the heat blasting their faces but, still, Lopez’s companion, Carlos Adams, remained in the car, his legs trapped beneath the smashed-in dashboard.

Luke recounted those last few moments to the Flagglerlive.com website:

“It was all we had just to rip him out and drag his legs out and get him to safety,” he said. “At that point, the car really just caught fire more, and it just kind of burst. The flames just escalated. You know, as we were getting them out, you could see it, the smoke pouring in, and just pure helplessness, and two people begging for their lives is something we’ll never forget.”

Finally, the police arrived, then the ambulance.

Both Lopez and Adams were treated for critical injuries, but have survived.

The two high school seniors were hailed by local authorities as genuine heroes and I have to agree.

You GUYS ROCK in the Feel Good Depot Kind Of Way!!!! There is selflessness and then there is SELFLESSNESS.

Risking life and limb to help another is just simply amazing and I am glad to give you a SHOUT OUT on my blog!!!


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