Army Captain saves couple from fiery freck after head-on collision (video)
Chatham County, North Carolina – At around 3 pm on Sunday afternoon, Army Captain Steve Voglezon spotted a massive car wreck while driving to the mall with his girlfriend. His military training kicked in … his actions in the next few seconds saved the lives of 67 year old William Thompson and his 63 year old wife Kathleen.
Captain Voglezon saves Mr. Thompson – screenshot from John Spurrell video
William Thompson and his wife had been driving through Chatham County, North Carolina, when a car driven by Mark Ricketts crossed over into their lane. The car hit them head on, Ricketts’ car flipped over, and the cars burst into flames.
In the video, you can see Captain Voglezon smash out the window of the Thompson’s Acura with a fire extinguisher. He successfully pulls William out of the vehicle, then goes back to get Kathleen from the passenger side.
The man taking the video, John Spurrell, had rescued Ricketts prior to filming Captain Voglezon.
The scene was awash with first responders, both police and firefighters.
“Had I not been a soldier I would not have known what to do…We have a calling to do whatever we we’re called to do… Today I was just at the right place at the right time. People do this every day at the fire department. I wasn’t alone out there, there were at least 10 of us in the community working together.”
Several neighbors rushed to help, bringing fire extinguishers to battle the blazes before the fire department arrived. When it was over, the two vehicles stood in stark testimony to the tragedy that could have been. Three people were treated and released at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. It could have…should have been so much worse.
Ricketts’ car sits upside down and the Thompson’s mangled Acura is behind it. WNCN photo
Voglezon happened to be wearing a “Captain America” t-shirt when the incident occurred. There are at least three people, the Thompsons and Spurrell, who view him as a hero. Great job, Captain.
US Army Captain Steve Voglezon (Army photo)
John Spurrell’s video of the incident: