BELLE VERNON (KDKA) – By all accounts, 28-year-old George Ozanick could have died after he ran his car into a house and it caught fire.
However, he’s alive because he just happened to crash in a Belle Vernon neighborhood where a lot of brave people live.
Denise Angelo is still stunned by what she saw take place on Sampson Road.
He was flying, he went airborne and went right into the garage,” Angelo said.
Ozanick was behind the wheel. First came the crash and then flames. Ozanick was trapped in the burning wreckage and his only hope was some communal courage.
“These guys didn’t care. They just went in. They’re not firefighters, they’re all just normal guys and just did what they had to do,” Angelo said.
“We couldn’t get the guy out. So, we got fire extinguishers and we got hoses and we all pulled together,” one of the rescuers said. “It was unbelievable. [The flames] were 10, 20 feet in the air. Some of us were putting fire extinguishers underneath the car doing everything we could to get the guy out.”
That included cutting the seatbelt with a pocket knife. One pulled from the inferno, these everyday angels laid Ozanick on the lawn.
The car and the home it hit were destroyed by the flames, but everybody survived.
Ozanick was treated and released from Mon Vally Medical Center. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.