Special to SEGAZINE
Two men who risked their lives when they pulled a woman from a burning car this month have been honored by the Camden County Commission.
Ronnie Moore and Shannon Gibson of Brantley County were hailed as heroes at the ceremony Tuesday.
Police said Deborah Annette Johns, 47, of Hortense was involved in a single-car accident on Ga. 110 on Oct. 10. Her 2002 Toyota Camry struck a tree and burst into flames moments before Moore stopped at the scene.
Moore, who did not witness the accident, called 911 and flagged down a passing vehicle, driven by Gibson.
Fate may have played a role, because Gibson had a fire extinguisher in his vehicle, which he used to fight past the flames, allowing him and Moore to pull Johns from the burning car, said Capt. William Terrell, a Camden County sheriff’s spokesman.
“It’s not common (for a motorist to have an extinguisher),” Terrell said. “We’re glad this gentleman did.”
After the men pulled Johns from the vehicle, they poured an energy drink on her to extinguish flames burning on her clothes.
County officials say the men risked their lives to save Johns.
“If they had not done what they did, the car would have been totally engulfed in flames by the time deputies arrived,” said County Clerk Katie Bishop. “We believe they saved her life.”
Johns was taken to a Jacksonville hospital where she is being treated for her injuries. Bishop said county officials were unable to learn Johns’ medical condition because of confidentiality rules.
* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at gjackson(AT)thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 464-7655.