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Off-duty Mass. FF saves driver in crash moments before fire

Beverly Firefighter Shane Stevenson had only three days on the job when he pulled a man from his crashed car before it burst into flames


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By Liesel Nygard

BEVERLY, Mass. — Thursday was Shane Stevenson’s third day on the job as a firefighter when he reportedly helped save a driver on Route 128 northbound in Beverly after the car had gone over a guardrail and struck a tree, according to WCVB.

The driver was rescued from his Honda Civic by Stevenson who was off-duty but on his way to work at the Manchester-by-the-Sea Fire Department, and a few others who had stopped and helped, the news station reported.

Fire Chief Peter O’Connor from the Beverly Fire Department told MassLive that other department officials arrived after the rescue took place. At that time, the car’s engine and passenger compartments were fully involved in, he said.

O’Connor couldn’t confirm that Stevenson had taken part in the earlier rescue.

The driver was transported by the Northeast Regional Ambulance to Beverly Hospital for treatment of his injuries, O’Connor said.

For about an hour and a half, crew members stayed on the scene of the crash until the Beverly Fire Department extinguished the car fire and the car was towed off the highway, O’Connor said.

“Great job by everybody involved — the passerbys, Beverly police and state police and our guys... everybody did a good job,” O’Connor said.

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