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Carbon County foreman recognized for quick action at a crash scene on Interstate 80

May 11, 2021 09:00 AM
By: Ronald J. Young Jr.

​Kyle Holman, a highway maintenance foreman with Carbon County, was recently honored at ceremony hosted by the Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Department and Kidder Township. Kyle received an award for rescuing a family whose vehicle had overturned on I-80.

On December 28, Kyle was patrolling Interstate 80 in his crew cab when he came upon a crash scene in his crew cab. The vehicle was already engulphed in flames and fire/rescue had not yet arrived. One man had managed to get out of the vehicle, but four other people, including a baby, were still trapped inside.

Kyle grabbed the fire extinguisher and with the assistance of a truck driver, put out the fire. Fearing thefire would reignite with the others trapped inside, Kyle used a hammer to break the windshield and got all four individuals out of the vehicle safely. Kyle remained on scene through the crash clean up and safe reopening of the Interstate.

"It was a great pleasure to honor Holman because he and the fire company work together on so many crashes along I-80," said Ralph Lennon, chief of Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Company. "Holman is a throwback to the days when drivers would happily stop to assist someone who was having a problem with their vehicle."

There's no doubt that Mr. Holman's actions went above and beyond the call of duty. 

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