Driver from burning car

According to media reports Wednesday, a volunteer fire chief is being lauded for saving a man from a burning car in central Pennsylvania.

Dashcam video shows Chief Nate Tracey, of Goodwill Fire Company, jump into action when he arrived on a crash in York Township Monday morning.

Tracey was the first rescue service worker on the scene and soon realized the driver was still inside the burning car. The video shows Tracey reach into the car and drag the driver across the road to safety.

Driver from burning car

Driver from burning car

“This morning, the Rescue was dispatched for an MVA w/ entrapment on Indian Rock Dam Road. Chief 19 arrived first to find an unconscious occupant still in the involved with fire vehicle. Chief 19 removed (him) and then provided patient care to the occupant as the Rescue arrived to search the vehicle for other occupants and extinguish the fire using water cans and dry powder extinguishers. The sole occupant was transported to the hospital, and crews cleared in about an hour.”

There were initially reports that the driver was trapped in the car, but Tracey says the man wasn’t entangled in the wreck.

He says firefighters extinguished the blaze minutes later.

The driver was hospitalized in satisfactory condition as of Monday afternoon.

The crash is under investigation.