|RECRUITING STATION ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 4, 2005) -- Pulling a man from his burning tractor-trailer cab, New York Marines helped save a man’s life Monday. |
Pfc. William Patnode, Pfc. Charles Meskunas, Pvt. James Stewart and Pfc. Gregory Lafountain were driving south on Interstate 87 to check in for their Permissive Recruiters Assistance Program class here shortly after they graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Training in Parris Island, S.C.
Minutes after passing Exit 31, the group spotted flames through the fog on the North Country road. As the accident grew closer, the Marines were able to fully view the wreckage.
A nearly empty fuel tanker had rammed into the back end of a tractor-trailer truck in the southbound lane of the highway.
The Marines pulled their vehicle to the side of the road, and all four Marines instinctively leapt into action to help.
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