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Frat boys rescue stranger from burning car

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A man is in critical condition following a fiery crash that happened near ULM's campus.

Last weekend, five young brave men risked their own lives to save a 32-year old father. 

Fraternity boys often get a bad reputation for being irresponsible and careless. But these young men shattered that image when they ran toward a burning car to save a life of a complete stranger.

This story, of course, begins at a party, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“We were at a friend’s house down the road. And out of nowhere we just heard a really loud noise and we just came outside to see what it was," John Mark Henderson said.  

 “We walked down and noticed the car was on fire. The first thing we did is run down there and ask if anyone was in there. Somebody said ‘there is somebody in there, help them,’" R.T. Gilbert said.   

"We look at the front, the steering wheel is pinned down on his leg, we are trying to talk to him, ’hey man come on," Jeremy Durand said.  

“And once the car actually started to catch on fire, he started to fight and he started to pick himself up out of the vehicle," Henderson said.    

"And we tried the doors but all the doors were jammed. And we just grabbed the top and started pulling and I guess we pulled so hard the glass just broke," Andrew Ricks said.  

"Then it made this big loud bang. Scarred the crap out of me," Durand said.  

 "By the time that happened the entire top of the car was engulfed," Brock Pierce said.  

 “And we started hearing stuff popping and tires exploding and stuff. We had to back up for 15 seconds just to see what we were going to do next. By that time we knew what we had to do and we knew we had to get that guy out or he wasn't going to make it," Gilbert said.  

"We ran up to the car, grabbed him, pulled him out, got him on the ground and started rolling him out and some of the other guys drug him a little ways,” Durand said.  

"He was completely in flames, so we started dragging him to pull him out, wiping our shirts on him, trying to get all the fire off him. We pulled him 20 yards away from the car to make sure it didn't blow up," Gilbert said.

"Once we got the fire out on him, that was about the time the fire department got here. And they were able to help with the rest," Henderson said.   

The group said they didn't even think about their own lives when they went to pull the man out of the burning car. They said the only thing they could think about was saving his life.

Police believe excessive speed is to blame for the crash. They also said alcohol was involved, but not enough to charge the driver.

The victim's family said he has burns on 80 percent of his body and is in critical condition.

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