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Va. teen honored for rescuing driver

By David P. Marino-Nachison

A Haymarket teen who helped a man from a burning, overturned SUV has been recognized for heroism by the Prince William County Police Department and Fire and Rescue Department.

When rescue workers responded to a call reporting an overturned vehicle on Logmill Road in Haymarket on August 21, they found the driver sitting on the side of the road, according to an account from Sgt. Brenda J. Walburn. A witness on the scene told her a young man stopped to help the driver and then left.

Berger. (Pr. William Police)

Walburn later contacted Christopher Berger, who told him that he stopped his car after seeing the accident, then ran to it after hearing knocking coming from inside.

"Initially I did not intend to get close to it," Berger told Walburn, "but I heard knocking coming from inside the vehicle and no one else was around."

After pulling open a door on the flaming SUV, Walburn's account said, Berger saw a man crawling toward the door, grabbed him and pulled him out.

The other witness began helping the driver, according to Walburn's account, and Berger drove off. "His actions saved the life of another person," said county Fire & Rescue Chief Kevin McGee in a statement, "and without that, the outcome would have ben very tragic."

By David P. Marino-Nachison  | November 10, 2010; 7:29 AM ET
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison, Heroes, Pr. William, Traffic Accidents  
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