From the Level Volunteer Fire Company:
On Saturday December 17th, 2016 at 23:56hrs the Level Volunteer Fire Company was alerted for a motor vehicle collision with vehicle fire at the intersection of MD Route 136 and MD Route 22. Moments before the alert, firefighter/EMT Rachel Itzoe was walking into her nearby house and heard the crash. She and a friend, Greg Frost, immediately ran approximately 300 feet to the scene and assessed the dire situation.
There they found two critically injured victims still in the burning vehicle. Without hesitation Firefighter Itzoe made the immediate decision to pull both victims from the burning vehicle. With the assistance of Mr. Frost, a former Marine and Eagle Scout, they pried the doors open and pulled both victims to safety. Just seconds after the victims were pulled from the wreckage the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.
When asked about the incident, Itzoe says “I feel like it’s not a big deal, I just did what I was trained to do”.
Crews from the Level Volunteer Fire Company and the Harford County Foundation arrived within 4 minutes and assisted with patient care. Fire fighters extinguished the fire and Maryland State Police, Benson Barrack is investigating the accident. The victims were transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center via ground units from Level Volunteer Fire Company and Aberdeen Fire Department respectively.
President Sandra Gallion says,” If it were not for the quick thinking and selfless response to get the patients out of the car the outcome may not have turned out as well”.