Martin and Colleen Thompson save man trapped in fiery wreck on the Southern State Parkway
BAY SHORE - A father and daughter are being hailed as heroes after saving a man on the Southern State Parkway Monday afternoon.
Head of the Harbor Police Chief Martin Thompson and his daughter Colleen Thompson, a Suffolk deputy sheriff, were heading home from JFK Airport after a vacation to Ireland when they came across a fiery scene in Bay Shore. A vehicle had driven off the road and flames were quickly approaching the windshield.
The father and daughter stopped their car and ran toward the burning vehicle to help the man inside.
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“Flames were encroaching on the passenger compartment quickly and it was imperative that we got him out of there,” Martin Thompson told News 12.
After breaking a window with a stone, the trapped man asked not to be moved due to his injuries, but there was no time to waste.
The Thompsons and an off-duty FDNY firefighter helped remove the man from his vehicle before it was engulfed in flames.
The victim was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital. His name and condition have not been released.
The Thompsons say they are glad they were in the right place at the right time. Colleen has more than 10 years of experience as a volunteer EMT at the St. James Fire Department. Martin has served 39 years as a volunteer firefighter and is a former chief of the department.