New York Daily News | April 23, 2020
By Thomas Tracy
A pair of Brooklyn EMTs rescued a man trapped inside a burning dump truck that had just crashed, officials said Thursday.
FDNY EMTs Samuel Wright and Gary Hui were in their ambulance in East New York waiting for their next call when they saw a plume of black smoke six blocks away around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“We started to head over there and saw a dump truck on fire,” Wright said in an Instagram post. The truck had just struck a row of parked cars and a utility pole near Williams and Stanley Aves., witnesses said.
“There were people all around frantically shouting at us and telling us that there was a civilian trapped inside,” Wright said. “My partner grabbed the fire extinguisher and our equipment while I made my way to the window of the truck.”
With firefighters en route, Wright reached inside the burning truck and pulled the injured driver out.
“A civilian had already broken the window allowing me to crawl into the space and remove the individual to safety,” Wright said. “(Hui) and I continued our medical care with Station 59 paramedics from a safe distance while firefighters proceeded to put out the fire.”
The fire was put out in a few minutes. The dump truck driver and another patient were taken to Brookdale University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The quick save was celebrated on the FDNY’s Instagram page, with one poster calling them the “real life Johnny Gage and Roy DeSoto,” characters from the 1970s medical drama “Emergency.”
“Give these guys a raise!” another Instagram user wrote, noting the pay disparity between city firefighters and EMTs.
But to Wright and Hui, making sure everyone is safe is their number one priority, no matter what the circumstances.
“We save lives for a living and we are always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to ensure a life is saved,” Hui said.