VIDEO: A bang and a bright light woke up the quiet residential street. It was 1:30 a.m. in Carlisle, and a crashed car was burning.
“We were the very first to be on scene,” said Grace Snyder, an EMT with Cumberland Goodwill EMS.
Snyder is now being called a hero for her actions on the scene.
The 18-year-old has only been at Cumberland Goodwill for six months. She completed a program her senior year to get EMT-certified. The program is a partnership between Carlisle Area High School, Cumberland Goodwill EMS and Harrisburg Area Community College. When she got to the car, Snyder saw the elderly man inside was having trouble getting out.
A neighbor was unsuccessfully attempting to rescue the man.
“The bystander was trying to help the individual out of the vehicle or help them away but the car kept blowing up with the tires… the tires kept exploding,” Snyder said.