An off-duty Morristown Emergency Medical Services worker rescued a man from a burning car after coming upon a crash on Route 100 in Eden May 23.
A vehicle had hit a concrete building at about 6:40 p.m., and two passing drivers had stopped, including Corey Boisvert, assistant chief of Morristown EMS.
According to EMS Chief William Mapes, the area had poor cellphone service, and Boisvert was not able to connect with authorities on her radio, either.
There was one person in the car, an unresponsive man bleeding from the mouth, nose and ears; he appeared to be pinned under the passenger side dashboard.
As Boisvert was assessing the victim, the vehicle caught fire and flames were rolling over the crushed hood and windshield of the car.
Mapes said that Boisvert, without protective gear “and at great personal risk,” pulled the man from the car, assisted by fellow bystanders.
Once in a safe spot, Boisvert attended to the man while waiting for Northern EMS and fire crews to arrive. She then assisted the crew.
The man was taken to Copley Hospital for stabilization before being transferred to UVM's Trauma Center.
In a letter to Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson, Mapes recommended Boisvert and the bystanders for state recognition.
“Corey is five-foot-nothing tall, and recovering from a surgical knee repair,” Mapes wrote. “Her determination, leadership and courage reflect honorably on herself, our agency and town, and the Vermont public safety community.”