Skip to comments.Mundy Township man lucky to be alive after stranger pulls him from burning van
Posted on 03/14/2009 7:35:04 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out
MUNDY TOWNSHIP, Michigan -- On what was supposed to be the unluckiest day of the year, Kevin Conkey felt like the luckiest man alive. On Friday the 13th, he was pulled from his burning vehicle by a total stranger -- and without any injuries.
"I'm lucky to be alive," said Conkey of Mundy Township.
About 6:15 a.m., Conkey, a 50-year-old who has paraplegia, found himself sitting on a hill on U.S.-23 near I-96 watching his minivan burn.
He'd had problems with the van earlier that morning, but was adamant about getting to work.
"We'd had layoffs the day before, so I knew today wasn't the day to miss work," Conkey said.
But before he could leave for his job as a circuit board designer at TRW in Farmington Hills, Conkey had to charge the van's battery and pry the passenger side door open.
"It was like something was saying 'don't go to work today,'" Conkey said. "But I was bound and determined."
As he drove, sparks coming from the back of his van led passing motorists to honk their horns and wave their hands to get Conkey's attention, but he continued on his way.
But when Eddie Gren saw the sparks, he refused to let Conkey keep driving.
"Once I realized he was paralyzed, I was glad I was there to help him," the 40-year-old engineer said.
The two men were sitting on the hill, waiting for emergency crews when a third motorist stopped and put out the fire with a fire extinguisher. He left without identifying himself.
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Very lucky guy there.
There really are still some good people left in this country. God Bless the guy that pulled him out and the guy that put the fire out.