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Mundy Township man lucky to be alive after stranger pulls him from burning van
The Flint Journal ^ | March 13, 2009, 8:36 PM | RoNeisha Mullen

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.

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"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.

(Excerpt) Read more at mlive.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: feelgood

Kevin Conkey of Mundy Township, shown in 2008 with his service dog, Sydney The Very Big Dog, was pulled from his vehicle by Eddie Gren of Hartland Township after Conkey's vehicle caught fire Friday.
1 posted on 03/14/2009 7:35:04 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

Very lucky guy there.


2 posted on 03/14/2009 7:42:43 AM PDT by valkyry1
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
Mundy Township man lucky to be alive after stranger pulls him from burning van

Mmmm. That headline makes it sound like the stranger tied the guy to the back of a horse or something and dragged him out, and now he's lucky to be alive after that.
3 posted on 03/14/2009 7:47:58 AM PDT by Krankor (Vitajex, whatcha doin' to me.)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

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.


4 posted on 03/14/2009 7:49:23 AM PDT by Dustbunny ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." Margaret Thatch)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
What's Charles Bronson doing in a wheel chair?

FMCDH(BITS)

5 posted on 03/14/2009 8:10:16 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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