TOWN OF VILLENOVA, NY (WIVB) - Some say an off-duty paramedic is a hero. He faced flames and helped save a woman that was in a burning car.
Sunday just before 5:30 a.m. Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a single vehicle accident with a woman trapped inside on Route 83 in Town of Villenova.
Ray Austin was on his way home from work when he saw a car in the field. It looked like it struck a tree, shortly after he saw that, the rescue started.
Austin said, “I stopped, backed up and took a look at it and I could see smoke coming from the hood so it was obvious that it had just happened. I went down into the field, discovered that there was a female inside.”
Twenty-eight-year-old Valerie Roach was trapped in the car, so Ray Austin called 911 for help. A short time later a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived to help as flames started to break out in the car.
Austin said, "With the fire extinguisher, broke the windows and the two of us were able to get inside and pull her out from under the dashboard and get her out on the ground."
Austin and the deputy got the woman out just before flames took over the car. The woman was treated on the scene by South Dayton and Cassadaga fire personnel and was flown by Starflight to ECMC for unknown injuries.
ECMC says Roach is recovering Monday morning, she is listed fair condition.
Ray Austin said this was the first time he had been initially alone at such a dangerous scene before. He was thankful that he and the deputy were able to get her out safely.
Roach has been charged with DWI and failure to maintain lane.
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