Hero Receives Award for Prying Open a Burning Vehicle and Saving the Lives of Five Local People Trapped Inside
They were the first ones at the wreck. Both hurried to the vehicle. Anderson said he could see flames in the front of the vehicle. He tried to open the door but couldn’t. Another passing motorist helped him pry it open. “His little legs…” Anderson said speaking about Jacob. “I almost couldn’t get them out because the seats were so smashed.”
However, he was able to pull out the boy from the vehicle and handed the him to Spears who took him back to their car. They were right on the road, she said and she wanted to get Jacob to safety.
Then he and the other motorist rescued a one-year-old girl, Natalie Grace Delgado. “He took the little girl back to his car,” Anderson said.
Next, he helped Gil, age 24, and Anajelica, age 19, out of the vehicle. He said at this points the flames were getting bad. He tried to get Roasa Delgado, the mother, out of the truck, but he said, “She didn’t want to leave [her husband.]” But Anderson said he could tell that Gilberto Delgado had died already. He persuaded her to leave with him before the pickup was completely covered in flames.
The drivers of both vehicles died in the crash. All three of the adults Anderson rescued had major injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Yesterday, the CHP awarded Nicholas Anderson a certificate of recognition. In part, it says, “Without regard for your own safety, you quickly entered the burning vehicle and removed all five passengers to a safe location before it was fully engulfed with fire. Mr. Anderson, there is no doubt that because of your brave and heroic actions, five people are alive today.”
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