Good Samaritans Help Extract Man From Burning Car in Albemarle

Monday, a man is in critical condition after a fiery car crash in Albemarle County - but it could have been a lot worse, without the help of some very brave, complete strangers. Read more
JGV

Charlottesville, VA

#23 Apr 2, 2013
Liberalace wrote:
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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 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 -
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.
sez you

Richmond, VA

#24 Apr 2, 2013
JGV wrote:
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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 -
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.
Better they live in their own little world where egos rule and everyone they SERVE is a fool, right? FF are people too but I think they forget that, same with cops, give a person a badge and they turn into pompus arrogant jerks. Finding fault with anything these people did to save another persoms life is playing God. They took the thunder away from FF's and thats what they're so poo poo'd about. Get a life. And keep polishing those boy toys.
Liberalace

Charlottesville, VA

#25 Apr 2, 2013
Johnny wrote:
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LOL. And once again, here comes Mr. Armchair Journalist/Reporter/County official to set us all straight! Where would we be without your daily dose of witty snarkism?
You would be a lot less culturally developed, that's where you'd be Johnny!

R.I.P.: Steamin' Steve Clark
JGV

Charlottesville, VA

#26 Apr 2, 2013
sez you wrote:
<quoted text>Better they live in their own little world where egos rule and everyone they SERVE is a fool, right? FF are people too but I think they forget that, same with cops, give a person a badge and they turn into pompus arrogant jerks. Finding fault with anything these people did to save another persoms life is playing God. They took the thunder away from FF's and thats what they're so poo poo'd about. Get a life. And keep polishing those boy toys.
There are over 1,000 FF's in this area and who knows how many cops. You keep saying "they" but that was just 1 person (who is a Fire Marshal by the way, which is a separate office in the fire department) and you're taking him basically saying good job, they saved a life, sometimes it's okay to insert yourself into a dangerous situation sometimes you need to stand by for safety reasons, and are blowing it up into all the firefighters and cops in the area having a God complex?

Obviously you are disgruntled, I'm assuming you were fired or kicked out of a local agency, maybe not allowed to join one or something like that. Or maybe you were being an idiot at an emergency scene and got shut up by some public safety personnel. Either way, learn how to control your emotions, you sound like an immature child with your accusations.

I want to thank all of the firefighters, EMT's, police officers, sheriff deputies, troopers, and any other agency representatives that keep me and my family safe. Please keep up the good work and ignore idiots like this guy that try to bring you down.
JGV

Charlottesville, VA

#27 Apr 2, 2013
Liberalace wrote:
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You would be a lot less culturally developed, that's where you'd be Johnny!
R.I.P.: Steamin' Steve Clark
Liberalace, while that wasn't the most appropriate way of addressing the matter the guy does have a point. Your comments are always very smug and the whole "R.I.P." thing may look witty at first but after awhile it sounds like a failed attempt at being edgy or something. Please chill the hell out.
dabann

Palmyra, VA

#28 Apr 2, 2013
May God Bless you,and Reward you For your Bravery... Praying an abundance of blessing for you and your family.....
Commentary

Schuyler, VA

#29 Apr 2, 2013
You (rescuers) are amazing and deserve an award. You mentioned the lifeguard training...well what you did goes way beyond that. It is all about who you are inside and your values. In this day and time, there are very few people that would have "put others before themselves" in a situation like this. You saved this person's life!
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#30 Apr 2, 2013
JGV wrote:
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There are over 1,000 FF's in this area and who knows how many cops. You keep saying "they" but that was just 1 person (who is a Fire Marshal by the way, which is a separate office in the fire department) and you're taking him basically saying good job, they saved a life, sometimes it's okay to insert yourself into a dangerous situation sometimes you need to stand by for safety reasons, and are blowing it up into all the firefighters and cops in the area having a God complex?
Obviously you are disgruntled, I'm assuming you were fired or kicked out of a local agency, maybe not allowed to join one or something like that. Or maybe you were being an idiot at an emergency scene and got shut up by some public safety personnel. Either way, learn how to control your emotions, you sound like an immature child with your accusations.
I want to thank all of the firefighters, EMT's, police officers, sheriff deputies, troopers, and any other agency representatives that keep me and my family safe. Please keep up the good work and ignore idiots like this guy that try to bring you down.
Your assumtins are baseless as are your arguments. I have in the past witnessed completely inappropriate behavior on the part of FF's specifically how they address the public and one need only read the news a little bit about a plethora of bad cops. Disgruntled, not in the least, I only make observations and relay them to fellow citizens. I wouldn't make accusations if I hadn't witnessed these things with my own eyes. I'll even take a step further, I reported a FF's inappropriate behavior to a supervisor in Cville's illustrious fire dept., his response? complete denial. So even with an eye witness it didn't happen? That's the kind of mentality that exudes from people with badges, complete contempt for those they serve. Like you, can't handle the truth. So go ahead, make some more assumptions and live in denial.
DirtKicker

Palmyra, VA

#31 Apr 2, 2013
sez you wrote:
<quoted text>Your assumtins are baseless as are your arguments. I have in the past witnessed completely inappropriate behavior on the part of FF's specifically how they address the public and one need only read the news a little bit about a plethora of bad cops. Disgruntled, not in the least, I only make observations and relay them to fellow citizens. I wouldn't make accusations if I hadn't witnessed these things with my own eyes. I'll even take a step further, I reported a FF's inappropriate behavior to a supervisor in Cville's illustrious fire dept., his response? complete denial. So even with an eye witness it didn't happen? That's the kind of mentality that exudes from people with badges, complete contempt for those they serve. Like you, can't handle the truth. So go ahead, make some more assumptions and live in denial.
And what do you view as "inappropriate behavior"? You definitely sound like a disgruntled former emergency services worker..

“Keeping life realistic”

Since: Apr 10

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#34 Apr 3, 2013
Sez is a troll, not even a good one, so it's hardly worth the effort to respond to shim.
So in the spirit of clearing the facts up a little bit for anyone else that may be reading this bickering filled thread, I will respond.
First-kudos to the folks that made the "save".
Obviously they saw a life threatening situation, and did what was needed. Untrained, unprotected, without regard for their own safety.
They had no idea how many units/responders were in route, or an ETA. Even if the trapped person had some other injuries, it still beats being burned alive.
That time of day, on a road that busy, it sounds like a few people did what was right, while the rest of the people honked horns and stood by taking pics on their iphones.
Even after arriving on scene, it's going to take several minutes before the engine/rescue company is going to do anything besides initial setup. So many rules and safety measures are put in place, don't expect the ff's to hop off the truck and dive thru the window to save somebody, it's just the way it is.
Sure there is always the potential of a good Samaritan becoming the next victim, but when you're unsure when "trained" help is coming, you gotta do what you gotta do, and that is hope your fellow man/woman is going to be there to help.
nan

Charlottesville, VA

#35 Apr 3, 2013
Wow, what an wonderful thing to do, this is one of those stories of a good deed we just don't hear enough of. Thanks to the Brandon family, it's nice to know there are still people out there willing to help out in such an emergency.
Shawna

Palmyra, VA

#36 Apr 3, 2013
Ok you guys are getting a little out of hand on here! WOW we saved someone but were just like everyone else! Firefighters help people everyday but they don't usually get all the praise they deserve! I'm debating on furthering my medical career and doing volunteer EMT work for the lake because I know that I can do that and I think I will be good for me! But the most important part is that this man is doing ok! He is now out of ICU and recovering :) my sister, dad, and I couldn't have done it without each other or without the help from god watching over us!
Vicky

Palmyra, VA

#37 Apr 3, 2013
Really wrote:
<quoted text>i see this is your full time job making dumb remarks. The firefighter was saying yes if there is immediate life danger do what you can to help as long as you are safe, we are not token heroes being a firefighter myself we are just trained an have the right equipment to make the job safer.but maybe you will have more respect for us when you find yourself needing help from a firefighter, to the family that helped god bless you and glad you are okay.
I couldn't have said it better myself. Sez needs to read the post again. Then they may appreciate it.
Vicky

Palmyra, VA

#38 Apr 3, 2013
sez you wrote:
<quoted text>Better they live in their own little world where egos rule and everyone they SERVE is a fool, right? FF are people too but I think they forget that, same with cops, give a person a badge and they turn into pompus arrogant jerks. Finding fault with anything these people did to save another persoms life is playing God. They took the thunder away from FF's and thats what they're so poo poo'd about. Get a life. And keep polishing those boy toys.
Sez - You are a complete idiot.
sez you

Richmond, VA

#39 Apr 3, 2013
Man, FF and cops got you people fooled big time. How many eons passed before women were allowed to serve in those positions? and once there, you think they were treated as equals? We're only seeing now a lot of women in rescue squad positions, cops and FF's? still a mans world. Sur the women are there but its still ruled by egotistical male pigs. Why do you think we waste all the money we do equipment we don't need like a ladder truck for a million bucks. Its all about whos got the biggest ladder. A man thing. Frankly we could get rid of half the fire dept we have cause 90% of the calls they respond to they aren't needed. Panty waste is what they are. Cops? too chicken .... to go after real crime. How you like them apples? Yea, they got you suckers fooled big time, just like politicians do.
Liberalace

Charlottesville, VA

#40 Apr 3, 2013
JGV wrote:
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Liberalace, while that wasn't the most appropriate way of addressing the matter the guy does have a point. Your comments are always very smug and the whole "R.I.P." thing may look witty at first, but after a while they sound like a failed attempt at being edgy or something. Please chill the hell out.
FYI, I corrected your post as follows:
1. Changed "awhile" to "a while." When used as an adverb, it is one word; however, when used with a preposition, it is still two words (although more editors are letting it go).
2. Added a comma after "first," since they are really two separate but related thoughts.
3. Changed "it sounds" to "they sound," since you are referring to two things (comments and the R.I.P. thing).

R.I.P.: Paul Harvey
Does Anyone Know

Richmond, VA

#42 Apr 4, 2013
Does anyone know what the guys name is or how he is doing?
Thank you

Richmond, VA

#43 Apr 4, 2013
Commentary wrote:
You (rescuers) are amazing and deserve an award. You mentioned the lifeguard training...well what you did goes way beyond that. It is all about who you are inside and your values. In this day and time, there are very few people that would have "put others before themselves" in a situation like this. You saved this person's life!
Thank you for your kind words!
sez you

Richmond, VA

#44 Apr 4, 2013
Commentary wrote:
You (rescuers) are amazing and deserve an award. You mentioned the lifeguard training...well what you did goes way beyond that. It is all about who you are inside and your values. In this day and time, there are very few people that would have "put others before themselves" in a situation like this. You saved this person's life!
Not true at all, this story proves it. There are people everywhere and everyday who put themselves before others. You just live in a small world. Awards? please, real heroes don't want them.
Grateful

Mechanicsville, VA

#45 Apr 5, 2013
As the cousin of the driver I am eternally grateful to the family that saved my family. I am blessed by your selfless act of kindness and bravery. So many people wouldn't have been able or willing. Thank you so much. Most people don't know that we lost our Grandmother a week before this wreck and we know how lucky we are to have John and only because God used an amazing family to save him. I will continue to give thanks for you all. Thank you Jenna, Shawna, and their Dad for doing what others may not have been apt to do. I don't now that words can express adequately how thankful we are.

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