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Local hero saves man from burning car

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Updated: 10/12/2012 11:35 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This is the shocking scene Roger McFarland and his family witnessed while driving across the Buckman Bridge. 

"We had seen some commotion and cars and sparks flying. When the cars finally separated in front of us, we had seen a small sedan spin around backward ignited in flames in the rear of the car," he says. 

McFarland pulled over because he saw a man in the front seat of the car who looked unconscious. McFarland jumped out and ran to help. 

"When I got to it, it looked like the guy was pretty disoriented," he says. McFarland says the car was quickly filling up with smoke. "He was trying to go out the driver's side and we were on the passenger seat. So we pulled him out from there. Just got him away from the car because it was up in flames."

McFarland knew his life was at risk and chose to act anyway. "The adrenaline takes over and you just trying to help someone." 

And he sure did. The man inside this burning car is safe tonight because of a local hero.

Roger's daughter Reece McFarland says, "I think my dad's a really good person. And he risked his life for somebody else. And I think that's really brave of him to do that."

According to JFRD, no one was injured in the accident. And part of that could be because of Roger McFarland's heroic act.
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Gregg Griffin - 10/12/2012 10:56 PM
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God Bless him for risking his life to help someone else. We should all be willing to help as he did. That is what makes us such a great nation.
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