Man pulled from burning car by strang...

Man pulled from burning car by stranger and deputy

There are 19 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from May 19, 2008, titled Man pulled from burning car by stranger and deputy. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

A 20-year-old Hudsonville man was pulled out of his burning car by an Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputy and another man early Sunday morning.

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Ladydragonfly

Port Huron, MI

#1 May 19, 2008
If it is true that alcohol and drugs played a factor than I hope he realizes how fortunate he is that two men risked their own lives to pull his sorry butt out and give him a second chance. Let's hope he uses this second chance more wisely. Berends and Westveer ought to be commended.
RAB

Ionia, MI

#2 May 19, 2008
Ladydragonfly wrote:
If it is true that alcohol and drugs played a factor than I hope he realizes how fortunate he is that two men risked their own lives to pull his sorry butt out and give him a second chance. Let's hope he uses this second chance more wisely. Berends and Westveer ought to be commended.
The article clearly states the police don't believe drugs or alcohol were involved. Don't falsely accuse before there are any facts. He should be ticketed for not wearing a seat belt at the worst. But yes, the stranger and police officer should be commended for saving a life while risking their own.
frustrated

Hoffman Estates, IL

#3 May 19, 2008
RAB wrote:
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The article clearly states the police don't believe drugs or alcohol were involved. Don't falsely accuse before there are any facts. He should be ticketed for not wearing a seat belt at the worst. But yes, the stranger and police officer should be commended for saving a life while risking their own.
Read it again - it says they do think it was a factor.
RAB

Ionia, MI

#4 May 19, 2008
frustrated wrote:
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Read it again - it says they do think it was a factor.
My mistake and my apologies. It's to darn early to be doing this, I think I need to wait until I'm fully awake.
Wendy

Greenville, MI

#5 May 19, 2008
RAB wrote:
<quoted text>
The article clearly states the police don't believe drugs or alcohol were involved. Don't falsely accuse before there are any facts. He should be ticketed for not wearing a seat belt at the worst. But yes, the stranger and police officer should be commended for saving a life while risking their own.
Obviously you didn't read the article carefully...here's a copy! It says they DO believe alcohol and drug use WERE a factor! This young man should be thankful someone was watching out for him that day...hopefully he will take this as a 2nd chance at life and get into some form of rehabilitation!



Man pulled from burning car by stranger and deputy

Posted: May 18, 2008 09:06 PM

Updated: May 18, 2008 09:06 PM

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich (WOOD)- A 20-year-old Hudsonville man was pulled out of his burning car by an Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputy and another man early Sunday morning.

Around 4 a.m., Marvin Berends of Blendon Township noticed the car off of Bauer Rd. east of 36th Ave.

The driver, Jason Bolt, 20, of Hudsonville, was slumped over the wheel and there was smoke and flames under the hood of his car.

Berends called 911.

When Deputy Eric Westveer arrived, he and Berends pulled Bolt from the now fulling-engulfed car.

Bolt was taken to the hospital with serious head and facial injuries.

Bolt was not wearing a seatbelt and police believe he either fell asleep or passed out while driving.

Police do suspect alcohol and drug use played a factor in this crash.

It remains under investigation.
Wendy

Greenville, MI

#6 May 19, 2008
RAB wrote:
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My mistake and my apologies. It's to darn early to be doing this, I think I need to wait until I'm fully awake.
You're right, it is too early for this...I didn't see above where you had already made acknowledgments of the mistake...my bad! Now, time to head back to bed for some much needed rest! LOL
Sam

Byron Center, MI

#7 May 19, 2008
Well, hopefully he wakes up [no pun intended]. Obviously shoulda had his backside home in bed sleeping well before 4:00 a.m.
Grammar Hammer

United States

#8 May 19, 2008
Well the author of the story must have been up too early as well.

"...from the now fulling-engulfed car."

Actually it was a "fully-engulfed car."

And why do they call the good samaritan a "stranger" when we actually know his identity?
concerned in hamilton

Palatine, IL

#9 May 19, 2008
"Police do suspect alcohol and drug use played a factor in this crash.

It remains under investigation."
IT SAYS THEY DO BELIEVE THEM TO BE A FACTOR

Since: Feb 08

United States

#10 May 19, 2008
Grammar Hammer wrote:
Well the author of the story must have been up too early as well.
"...from the now fulling-engulfed car."
Actually it was a "fully-engulfed car."
And why do they call the good samaritan a "stranger" when we actually know his identity?
lol...I noticed that mistake too & had to read it like 3 times. Goes to show that nobody is perfect.
K Leitner

Citrus Heights, CA

#11 May 19, 2008
Now if everyone can get over misunderstaning the article, maybe we can focus on the fact that two brave men risked their own safety to help another human being out, regardless of how he got there. I also know that office Westveer is an expectant father and did what he was trained to do... we are proud of you Eric!!
friend of Jason

Holland, MI

#12 May 19, 2008
Jason will not be entering rehab...that is not needed. He is a gorgeous 20 year old with a bright future ahead of him. He made a dumb mistake by drinking and thinking he could drive his car home. He is doing better in the hospital as of today. Jason is going into plastic surgery tomorrow to reconstruct his face. Please keep him in your prayers.
Everyone makes mistakes...
another friend of Jason

Macomb, MI

#14 May 19, 2008
I agree that Jason is an amazing person, and made a mistake. That's part of life, people make dumb decisions and mistakes happen. Luckily God was with Jason and chose to keep him with us. God put Mr. Berends where Jason was that night, and he saved his life. Unfortunately his life is put on display for the public to scrutenize and judge him which people seem to be doing so easily. Thank you so much to Mr. Berends and all else who helped Jason that morning. Before you judge maybe put yourself on the other side, the side of those who woke up Sunday morning terrified for his life.
Tracey

Grand Rapids, MI

#15 May 19, 2008
I pray for Jason's recovery and hope he can over come this accident! Please don't get behind the wheel of a car after drinking..I too have close friends and family!
Grateful

West Olive, MI

#16 May 22, 2008
WOW, only a true hero will place his own life while being an expectant father in danger for another. As well as a citizen placeing himself in huge danger for this man, THANK YOU!!
Trish

United States

#17 May 22, 2008
SO GOOD TO SEE PEOPLE REACHING OUT HELPING,,THANK YOU FOR SAVING A LIFE,,good to see a positive thing on here,,you are truly a blessing...SEE EVEN WHEN WE MAKE A BAD CHOICE,,PEOPLE STILL HELP US,,THANK YOU MR.BERENDS,GOD PUT YOU THERE,,we know if it was some of these people on here ,,they probly wouldnt of cared,,because they made a bad choice...
Ktkr

Grandville, MI

#18 May 24, 2008
I work with Jason and he is an awesome kid. I don't know what happened and I do not excuse drinking and driving but I agree sometimes it takes something like this for ppl to realize how easily it can happen. Jason had angels watching over him that night. We love you Jason and get well soon.
Ktkr

Grandville, MI

#19 May 24, 2008
I work w/ Jason & he is a great kid. I do not excuse drinking & driving but I know that sometimes it takes something like this to make ppl realize how easily these things can happen. Jason had angels watching out for him that night & should thank God no on else was hurt. We love you Jason & get well soon!
Ktkr

Grandville, MI

#20 May 24, 2008
Crap I didn't mean to post that twice.

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