Off-duty Wash. FF pulls driver from flipped, burning car

Grant County Firefighter Daniel Baergen used a large rock to break a window and rescue the driver from the flaming vehicle

By Laura French

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. — An off-duty volunteer firefighter in Washington rescued a driver from a burning car flipped onto its top on Sunday. 

Grant County Fire District 6 Firefighter Daniel Baergen was driving home from a trip with his wife when he spotted a person waving their arms near a lake, according to a Facebook post by Baergen's wife Dawn Baergen. 

"As we come to a stop we see a vehicle on it's top with flames shooting from the undercarriage. Without hesitation, Dan takes off running over rocks and debris to a flaming car!!" Dawn Baergen wrote. 

Baergen used a large, sharp rock to break open the passenger's side window, pulling the driver from the car as his wife called 911, according to the Facebook post. 

"The police officers told him over and over he was the reason this man was still alive," Dawn Baergen added. 

Grant County Fire District 6 also shared the incident on Facebook, saying, "Ironically, our department spent yesterday training for this very type of incident. Unfortunately, Dan had no turnout gear or jaws of life to rely on when he pulled this man from his burning vehicle. Well done Dan!" 


GCFD #6 would like to recognize the selfless act of one of our volunteers Daniel Baergen for helping to save the life of...

Posted by Grant County Fire District 6 on Sunday, November 15, 2020


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