Off-duty paramedic saves trapped driver from burning SUV

An Ohio off-duty West Chester paramedic climbed inside a burning SUV after a crash in Franklin to rescue the driver trapped inside


Dayton Daily News, Ohio

FRANKLIN, Ohio — An off-duty West Chester paramedic climbed inside a burning SUV after a crash in Franklin to rescue the driver trapped inside.

Four occupants made it out of the blue sport-utility vehicle after it crashed into a tree and caught fire shortly before 5 p.m. on Ohio 123, just past Beal Road, Franklin police Lt. Brian Pacifico said.

Three other people were taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening. (Photo/ West Chester Ohio Emergency Medical Services)
Three other people were taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening. (Photo/ West Chester Ohio Emergency Medical Services)

However, the driver was stuck and the front doors wouldn’t open. That’s when off-duty West Chester Fire Lt. Gary Zimmer entered the smoke-filled vehicle through the rear passenger area to help maneuver the driver and hand him to a Franklin officer behind him. 

The driver, 18-year-old Frank A. Phillippe II of Franklin, was cited for failure to maintain control, Pacifico said.

He and three other people were taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening.

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