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Good Samaritans Help Mother Rescue Kids From Burning Van


A grateful mother in Rochester, N.Y, can't say thank you enough to the two good Samaritans who saved her four children from a burning minivan moments before it exploded.

Terri Fontanez was driving home from a birthday party when another driver T-boned her minivan at an intersection. According to WROC 8 News the van immediately burst into flames.

Fortunately, off-duty Rochester police officer Christine Wilson witness the accident and snapped into action. She rushed to rescue the children, but was only able to extract the nine-year-old, six-month-old and one of the two-year-old twin boys from the wreckage. Wilson told WHAM 13 she was overcome by heat and smoke and had to be pulled out of the van herself by her own mother, who also witnessed the crash. The last child inside of the burning van was rescued by an unknown man.

There were no injuries reported.





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      Rev. Jaime
      • 1 Year Ago
      uhhh?? christine, god just told me that you are meant to marry me.. just saying!!!... call me babe...dang.. there goes my image in nation again....sheesh.. jus cant win...
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think it was an angel! God still does miracles. Do you really think that officer was right there by chance? No. God used her to make His miracle happen.
        BARRY AND KATHY
        • 1 Year Ago
        He should have shown up before the accident.
        massagebearnj
        • 1 Year Ago
        WHAT? God does miracles? Where was he at the first place? The family was lucky the officer was there and the other guy. God, again, did NOTHING! What about that family 2 yrs ago burned alive in the car here in WV? Where was your God then? Playing golf?
          adriannerossi
          • 1 Year Ago
          @massagebearnj
          Well, first you have to destroy the works of the devil who, actually, works feverishly to destroy the works of God, which are always for our good. But thankfully, we are overcomers and can overcome and do overcome many obstacles and potential tragedies such as this one. I praise God that people who were called by Him into action were obedient to the call and did the work! Many times we are told by His quiet, gentle voice what to do but we ignore it and carry on with our days, our lives, until tragedy hits us...then it's plan B...and plan C... When will we listen and accept that He's actually there, caring about us and working for our best good? It's a constant battle just to believe...
      jbjg24m
      • 1 Year Ago
      talk about being at the right place at the right time
      redhottamales
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank you Lord, thank you Jesus. God sent that man to save that child.
        tulipsonuranus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @redhottamales
        Did he send the driver who t-boned the van as well?
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tulipsonuranus
          No he didn't send that one, that one would have came from you friend, Satan!
      lc5401
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah the unknown man. He must be feeling great. I know I once pulled out a mother and daughter from a flipped car dripping gas. Then left.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had a horrible accident in 1985. I could not believe that I survived. You know you are going to crash, you slam the breaks you crash, and the guy behind me was a hit and run and took off. I was dazed and got out of the car. A man to my right said are you OK. I said yes. turned my head to the left then looked right and the man was gone, and there was no car parked anywhere. God protects us until are time has come. I have no doubt that Angels appear when we need them. God is in the Miracle business.
      MOE-DOG
      • 1 Year Ago
      I carry a big fire extinguisher in my car just in case! Would hate to live with the thoughts of being put in a situation something like this, and being helpless !!
      msmith6791
      • 1 Year Ago
      Give these 2 guys an annuity for life...........seriously!
      nedlam6
      • 1 Year Ago
      good
      bugrocksj
      • 1 Year Ago
      it's heart warning to read a good story about cops once in a while great job
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, great news for once. Hope all are ok.
      Daddy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank you for Saving those lives!
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