Man saves two month old baby from burning car.

Man saves two month old baby from burning car.

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    Man saves two month old baby from burning car.

    The lesson here is that sometimes you call 911, and sometimes you just have to get on with the matter in hand and call 911 after you have done what you can. Quick thinking is crucial.

    This guy is a true hero, his fast thinking saved the life of this very lucky kid.



    Randy Mikitko had returned to Lezzer Lumber Inc. after delivering a load of shingles, and the task at hand was to help clear the empty skids from the back of his truck.

    That's when he heard the crash that claimed the life of 26-year-old Joshua Lloyd McManus.

    A cloud of smoke, steam and glass wafted away from a car that had struck a metal pole in the Wayne Avenue berm, just in front of the lumberyard shortly before noon.

    Mikitko grabbed his cell phone and dialed 9-1-1. Before he could hit the send button, though, the car caught fire.

    "As soon as I saw the flames, I knew I didn't have time to talk on the telephone," he said.

    He tossed the phone to a co-worker, grabbed a fire extinguisher from his truck and ran to the car.

    Next door, employees at Indiana Auto Supply heard the crash, too. Ray Sgro ran out to see what happened and then yelled for someone to call for help. No sooner had he said that than flames sprouted from the wreck.

    He ran back inside, found a fire extinguisher and started running back out. He said he aggravated an ankle injury on the way. Hobbling toward the car, he handed the extinguisher to a stranger, who ran over to help Mikitko.

    Back at the car, Mikitko winced, praying the car wouldn't blow up in his face.

    McManus, who recently moved to Windber from Indiana, was already gone.

    State police say he had been speeding, and, for whatever reason, lost control of his car, veered off the southbound lane and crashed into the pole. He wasn't wearing a seatbelt, police said.

    The impact was fierce. It knocked the engine block out, and the pole sliced into the passenger compartment.

    Mikitko put the flames out, and, he said, that's when he heard a baby crying. He ran over to the other side of the car and saw a baby boy strapped into a rear car seat.

    He tried to open the door. It wouldn't budge. He started tugging at it. It gave a little.

    He tugged again. And again.

    Each time it opened further.

    Finally it opened all the way.

    He said he reached in and tried to unbuckle the child, but he couldn't find the clasps to release the belts holding the car seat down. Then he tried unbuckling the straps on the car seat. He couldn't get them undone.

    So he pulled out a pocketknife, sawing the belts, careful to cut away from the child.

    He pulled the boy out and cradled him over his shoulder. He seemed to calm down, Mikitko said. The boy, 2 months old, is McManus' son. He was taken to Indiana Regional Medical Center to be checked. He was fine, according to officials.

    McManus was pronounced dead at the scene. Indiana County Coroner Michael Baker said he died of severe head, chest and neck injuries.

    No autopsy is planned and the office is awaiting the results of a toxicology test, Baker said.

    Mikitko said he hurt the knuckle on his right index finger, though he isn't sure what he did or how he did it. And he feels guilty about ruining the car seat.

    After the fact, he was putting ice on his finger. It wasn't bad enough that he needed to have a doctor look at it, he said.

    "Even if it would have, it would have been well worth it," he said.
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    That's one messed up car. Mikitko did what he knew he had to, quick thinking on his part. Also illustrates a need to carry some sort of blade, you never know what you could need one for.
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    Yes, a hero...

    That driver had to be 'sailing'...one nasty crash! Sad to know that this gut was driving like that with his baby in the car...

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    Link again.

    http://www.indianagazette.com/index....5951&Itemid=52

    If that is down, they are getting a lot of hits, try the index for 'Man dies in violent crash'.

    http://www.indianagazette.com/index....id=1&Itemid=52

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    Wonder if the guy was trying to kill himself and take the kid with him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joleary223 View Post
    Wonder if the guy was trying to kill himself and take the kid with him?
    I doubt that, he had the kid safely belted in. He probably just had a few drinks and was too cool to wear the belt himself.

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    Amazing strory...just amazing
    to the hero
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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    Good to hear that people can think on their feet. Too many people just freeze up when something outside of their comfort zone happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    Good to hear that people can think on their feet. Too many people just freeze up when something outside of their comfort zone happens.
    Yeah you learn to get out of that when you spend 10+ years living in a home next to a road where there's literally 2 or 3 accidents per week next to your house. House I used to live at was on a curved section of highway that people used to "fly" on. Inevitably folks would cross the yellow lines and compete for the biggest head-on collisions of the year award.
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    Lot's of good people out there, sad the kid has to grow up without a father now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye07 View Post
    That's one messed up car. Mikitko did what he knew he had to, quick thinking on his part. Also illustrates a need to carry some sort of blade, you never know what you could need one for.



    You also need to carry something to break safty glass just in case the battery is disabled and the doors are locked. That baby was lucky that someone was on the ball and used his head.

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    Truly amazing and yeah - sure makes phone priority a time wasting excercize, when action has to be NOW. True equally for having a knife - it's a must for everyday needs. Not everyone has a perfect poiny deal for breaking glass but I am wondering if a real sharp and rapid blow from a knife handle end could shatter a window - anyone know?.

    Good there were folks around and a miracle the baby survived such an impact - what a mess
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    Another couple of fine examples of the male of the species. They both did what needed to be done and a life was saved as a result.

    Heroes do what needs to be done. They don't wait to consider the consequences, they act. These two guys acted and the outcome was a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom G View Post
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    You also need to carry something to break safty glass just in case the battery is disabled and the doors are locked. That baby was lucky that someone was on the ball and used his head.
    In a real pinch a good strong elbow will do it, although it will hurt you as well. Yes, I have knocked out a car window, minivan actually, with my elbow, and I was sober.

    I've wondered about the knife thing, unfortunately last time I had a vehicle in my possession that needed all the windows knocked out (for demo derbies), I didn't think of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye07 View Post
    In a real pinch a good strong elbow will do it, although it will hurt you as well. Yes, I have knocked out a car window, minivan actually, with my elbow, and I was sober.
    I can see that working, but I can also see you breaking an arm.

    I would hit the glass with my handgun, it's the heaviest thing I carry regularly. Of course if I was in my truck I would have immediate access to a full toolkit including mason's hammers.


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