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Elderly man pulled from burning truck by Good Samaritans

A 72-year-old man who was pulled from a flaming vehicle over the weekend, is now safely at home.

Posted: Jan. 30, 2018 7:36 PM
Updated: Jan. 30, 2018 7:42 PM

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - A 72-year-old man who was pulled from a flaming vehicle over the weekend, is now safely at home.

Harold Holliday was helped out of his truck by rescuers on Sunday, who happened to be longtime family friends.

“We just saw the truck smoking, pulled over jumped out," said Joseph Haynes. "We were just trying to get him out of the vehicle.” 

Haynes was passing by this wrecked truck on Sunday with his wife. When he got closer he realized it was an old neighbor his father used to work with.

“He told me to get out and come on because the truck was on fire,” said driver Harold Holliday.

Holliday inadvertently drove off of West Commerce, hitting concrete steps on the hill of a home. After he came to a stop, he tried to open the passenger door and found it wouldn’t budge.

However, the Haynes' acted quickly to get out the man they'd known for much of their lives.

“Being able to help someone is a good feeling,” said Mrs. Colette Buckingham-Haynes. “I don’t consider us as heroes.”

The two families used credit simply credit everyone being in the right place at the right time.

“His son and myself grew up playing ball together," said Haynes. "I guess you could say I’m another child of theirs.”

Mr. Holliday says he had trouble getting out of bed on Monday, but has now fully recovered.

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