MedStar employees to receive award for rescue of woman in fiery crash

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by BAILEY MCGOWAN and JOBIN PANICKER

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Posted on April 25, 2013 at 11:36 PM

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FORT WORTH - Two MedStar crew members will receive honors for the rescue of a woman from a burning vehicle early Thursday morning.

At 12:49 a.m., 911 calls were received about a crash on West Freeway at Chapel Creek Boulevard.

Robert Long and Kayden Bathory are a paramedic and EMT team at MedStar in Fort Worth. They say there were just coming back from a hospital when they heard the call about a truck that had flipped on I-30.

"We got there pretty quick," Bathory said. "We were at the right spot at the right time."

They say there's no such thing as a typical day for a first responder. When they arrived on scene, they noticed the truck was upright, sitting near the median near the guardrails. They say it was fully engulfed in flames and noticed the driver was pinned inside.

The flames hindered the MedStar employees from being able to get to the victim. They used fire extinguishers from their truck to subdue the fire, Zavadsky said.

"The fire extinguisher ended up running out, and we just kinda looked at each other and we both went in," said paramedic Robert Long.

The fire was so hot, they took turns getting the woman out.

"The last time, we pulled her away... A couple seconds later, it exploded," Bathory said.

Bathory said they were knocked off their feet from that explosion.

"It's our job -- that's why we do this," Long said. "We don't do it for the money, that's for sure."

"I would do it again in a heartbeat, without even looking back," Bathory added.

The woman was transferred by CareFlite to Parkland Hospital, Zavadsky said. She was listed in critical condition while in flight, but her current condition is not known.

The Fort Worth Fire Department and Fort Worth Police Department also responded around 1:05 a.m. to the scene and were able to put out the truck fire.

"This is a once-in-a-career event," Zavadsky said.

Long and Bathory admit they're not used to all this attention, but understand why it's important. The pair will receive some form of commendation from the department for their efforts Thursday morning.

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