18-year-old EMT saves man from burning vehicle in Carlisle

A bang and an intense light got up the peaceful property street. It was 1:30 a.m. in Carlisle, and a crashed cars and truck was burning.

CARLISLE, Pa. — A bang and an intense light got up the peaceful property street. It was 1:30 a.m. in Carlisle, and a crashed cars and truck was burning.

“We were the very first to be on scene,” stated Grace Snyder, an Emergency Medical Technician with Cumberland Goodwill EMS.

Snyder is now being called a hero for her actions on the scene.

The 18-year-old has actually just been at Cumberland Goodwill for 6 months. She finished a program her senior year to get EMT-certified. The program is a collaboration in between Carlisle Location High School, Cumberland Goodwill EMS and Harrisburg Location Neighborhood College.

When she got to the cars and truck, Snyder saw the senior male within was having difficulty going out.

A next-door neighbor was unsuccessfully trying to save the male.

“The bystander was trying to help the individual out of the vehicle or help them away but the car kept blowing up with the tires… the tires kept exploding,” Snyder stated. “So he kept backing away, which is understandable.”

Snyder ran directly towards the cars and truck.

“She just jumped into action, no hesitation, she just started pulling him away,” stated Nathan Harig, assistant chief at Cumberland Goodwill. “When we looked at the footage later, because all of our vehicles with equipped with cameras, we noticed that there were explosions taking place from that vehicle. Tires were popping. Other little canisters and things that were in the car were popping off.”

Snyder bear hugged the male and dragged him out of the cars and truck, while the surges continued.

“Once we got somewhat away from the car more tires started exploding so it was some loud noises and we just wanted to get really away from that car,” she stated.

The male was required to the health center with small injuries, however safe, according to Cumberland Goodwill.

The event taken place Thursday early morning. By the afternoon, Snyder was being hailed for her brave act.

The idea of bravery, nevertheless, never ever struck her throughout the rescue, she stated.

“In the moment, it was more just like, I need to stay calm. We all need to stay calm and just talk to them,” she stated. “Just simple phrases like hey, we’re going to walk backwards. We’re just going to stay calm. Just simple steps backwards.”

Her superiors at Cumberland Goodwill, however, stated her actions show she has an intense future as a very first responder.

“She better make a career out of being a first responder and we’re glad to help her,” Harig stated.

Harig wants to assist Snyder continue her profession to end up being licensed as a paramedic, which needs more training that Cumberland Goodwill provides.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.