Good Samaritans pull woman from burning car near Delray

By John Bachman - bio | email
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DELRAY BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Firefighters say if it weren't for three Good Samaritans, the woman driving a burning car would not be alive today.

"From the time, I noticed it to the time, we were able to exit the woman from the vehicle it to be only three or for minutes," said Dave D'Eugenio.

It's three or four minutes he will never forget. D'Eugenio was driving on Linton Boulevard near Delray Beach when he saw searing flames growing underneath a Lexus Sadan with a woman inside

"So, we really made the decision, we've got to get her out of there," D'Eugenio said.

He and two other people jumped into action and tried just about everything they could to break the windshield. Nothing seemed to work until they grabbed a big rock. They finally broke the window, but there was another obstacle. "It was a very heavy, black smoke, and I can still taste it," D'Eugenio describes the smell and taste like burning rubber.

They were finally able to pull the woman from her car, parts of it are still melted in the road.

D'Eugenio met with Delray Beach Fire Lieutenant Shawn Beckowitz hours after the rescue. His crew tended to the Good Samaritans who wanted to say thanks for a job well done. "We do have citizens that are willing to get involved and quite frankly risk their own lives," said Lt. Beckowitz.

He also said that if it weren't for D'Eugenio, the woman would have died in her car. "I think, we owe it to each other to do what ever we can when ever we can to help one another", D'Eugenio said.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has not released the name of the crash victim. But firefighters say they do expect her to survive.