'Nothing Short Of Heroic': Oregon Teen Saves Woman From Burning Car (Photos)


A teen in Oregon bravely rescued a woman trapped inside of a burning car at a Chevron gas station.

Phillipe Bittar and his brother, Raphael, spotted the car at the gas station in Beaverton, Oregon, on Saturday after it had crashed into a gas pump. The pair had pulled over to take pictures of the flames, but then 19-year-old Phillipe noticed a woman trapped inside the burning vehicle, according to KATU News.

“I wasn't really thinking, I just saw her and knew I had to get her out of there before it gets worse,” he told KPTV News.

While a crowd of bystanders watched, Phillipe took action to save the woman’s life.

“The woman, she was just panicking inside the car and I told her, 'I'm going to get you out of here as fast as I can,” he told KATU. “I just punched the window and I took her out. I picked her up and gave her to her friends."

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The bystanders, Phillipe said, did little to offer any assistance in getting the woman out. 

“There was like six bystanders just videotaping like oh man she needs to get some help,” he told KPTV.

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Phillipe was praised for his actions after saving the woman, with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Leonard Damian calling it “nothing short of heroic.”

“Had this individual not broken out the window and pulled the patient out of the burning car and to safety, I don't believe she would have survived,” Damian told KATU.

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“I just did what any person's supposed to do,” Phillipe told KPTV of his decision to step in. 

The teen was left with cuts from breaking the window, while the woman suffered non-life threatening injuries from smoke inhalation. 

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Sources: KPTV, KATU

Photo Credit: KPTV, KATU Screenshots


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