I praise those women for saving that guys life, and don't think that they did anything wrong by pulling him out. In fact, I would consider them heroes. But just to play devils advocate -<quoted text>
Well, actually, I do not think firefighters know from posts which addresses are those of Internet trollers. Maybe dispatch might warn the first-in that there is a reported meth lab in the garage or lots of cans of fuel in the garage, but "All first due, the home on fire is a known residence of Internet trollers" does not sound too likely to me.
Having said that, I agree with those who think the government workers who risk their lives to help us (cops and firefighters) should keep their mouths shut when commenting on rescuers in these matters. The knee-jerk reaction is always to start with the "plain Joe Citizen should wait for the professionals; it is our job to risk our lives." Well, leave us adults alone. If we think someone is in danger, we will do what we think we need to do. Stop with the lectures, already.
The official should have said this: "These people are true heroes, and the driver should be thankful for their quick and selfless actions. I am not going to comment any further on this matter. I am sure you will be privy to the results of the accident investigation."
Finally, we had the "new math" in the late 20th Century. Apparently, WVIR-TV is trying to instill the "new grammar" into the lexicon. Can someone (well, perhaps an editor) tell Mr. Sykes that it is "passersby" OR "passers-by." It is not "passerbys." You won't get to replace the great, wise, elite, professional, erudite and immortal Matt Lauer with that kind of work!
Last but not least...Who was the driver? Where on Rt. 53 did the wreck occur?
R.I.P.: Frank Reynolds
I understand why you think that way, but you "adults" have zero training and can make a situation worse. Imagine a car on it's side, someone trapped inside with a spinal chord injury. Joe Shmoe tries to be a hero and jumps on the car to pull them out, the car falls over and Joe is trapped under it and now the person with the spinal injury is paralyzed due to the shift of the car. Fire trucks carry stabilization equipment, your Prius doesn't.
How about a house fire where someone tries to be a hero and runs inside only to be overcome by smoke. Now the firefighters have to risk their lives by spending even MORE time in the building to pull that guy out.
Civilians can make situations worse, in this case they didn't, they saved a life. The Fire Marshal praised them and said in the interview if it's safe and you can grab someone real quick, do it and save a life. He just had to put in a safety plug so people don't start trying to be superheros and mess up emergency scenes.
I don't think there is a single news story that involves public safety that doesn't have people mouthing off about stuff they don't understand in the comments section. Most FF's and cops I know refuse to look at this website because seeing all the ungrateful people in the community is very discouraging.