Coast Guardsman saves man from burning car

Coast Guardsman saves man from burning car

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Coast Guardsman rescued a man from a burning car early this morning in Charleston.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Pettett was driving to work around 2:30 a.m., when he noticed something glowing on the side of the road up ahead.

A fire was slowly engulfing a minivan that had driven off the road and hit a tree.

Pettett pulled off the road and attempted to free the driver. Two other good Samaritans arrived and together they were able to free the man behind the wheel.

Pettett returned to the minivan to search for additional passengers, but none were found. He returned to the driver and administered first aid until paramedics arrived.

"When I arrived on scene, it was my duty as a Coast Guardsman, and as a person, to render assistance and make notifications to emergency response personnel, nobody is a bystander to an accident when you are the first on scene. You become the first responder," said Pettett.

The extent of the driver's injuries are unknown.

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