Off duty Army Captain pulls man from fiery North Carolina car crash

Fort Bragg Army Captain Steve Voglezon and other neighbors helped to pull people from a fiery crash in Chatham County, North Carolina, May 17, 2015. (Photo: John Spurrell via ABC News)

An Army Captain is being hailed a hero after video emerged showing him rush up to a car fire — ignoring the danger — in order to drag a passenger to safety.

The fiery crash happened Sunday in Chatham County, N.C. Police said one driver crossed the center line and hit a car with two passengers.

Neighbors jumped into action before firefighters had even arrived on scene. That’s when Fort Bragg Army Captain Steve Voglezon grabbed a fire extinguisher — and ended up dragging William Thompson out of the fiery wreckage.

“There wasn’t a real plan, I just had tunnel vision,” Voglezon said afterwards.


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Voglezon credited his training for helping him stay calm.

“If I had not been a soldier, I would not have known what to do. The Army has helped a lot,” he said.

Voglezon, fittingly, was wearing a Captain America T-shirt at the time of the rescue.

Despite some injuries, the people involved in the crash survived. Even so, Voglezon downplayed his actions.

“I was just at the right place at the right time,” he said. “People do this every day at the fire department. I wasn’t alone out there, there were at least 10 of us in the community working together.”

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