[News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office]
March 20, 2013 -- A delivery man saved a child after pulling him from a burning car following a single vehicle crash. The driver was injured but the child escaped injury.
On March 20, 2013 at 5:55 a.m., Washington County Deputies responded to SW Farmington Road, west of SW 209th Avenue in the Community of Aloha concerning a vehicle that had reportedly crashed into a tree and was on fire.
Deputies arrived a few minutes later to find a 1999 Saturn SL was traveling westbound on SW Farmington Road when it left the roadway and struck a large tree. Upon the deputies arrival, they found Lezel Ames, 38, from Aloha who was 16 weeks into her pregnancy, had escaped the car with her three-year-old son. Sheriff's Deputies found the Saturn was fully engulfed in flames.
Sheriff's Deputies learned that prior to their arrival, Isidro Franco-Garcia, 40, from Hillsboro was delivering newspapers for the Oregonian when he came across the crash. This was Mr. Franco-Garcia's first day on the job. When Mr. Franco-Garcia arrived, he reported that Mrs. Ames was out of her car and yelling for him to save her son who was in a car seat inside the burning car. Isidro Franco-Garcia rescued the boy from the car, and had the mother and child sit in his car until the deputies arrived.
Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue arrived and exstinguished the fire while treating Mrs. Ames for minor injuries. The mother and child were both transported by ground to a local hospital. It was reported Mrs. Ames had minor injuries and her son was transported for precautionary reasons. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office commends Mr. Franco-Garcia for his swift action and selflessness in saving the life of another. If not for his heroic actions, the result of this crash could have been very tragic.