Off duty firefighter, real estate agent save man from fiery crash

STEUBEN CO., Ind. (WANE) – Two men who saved a man after a head-on collision with a tree in Steuben County talked about how they arrived on the scene and what they did to save him.

Bryan Sorgen, a Fort Wayne firefighter, was on vacation near Lake James Wednesday, but rain caused him to turn around and come back to Fort Wayne. Larry Bassett was on his way to work. Both crossed paths on Bayview Road near Lake James after seeing a car in flames from crashing into a tree.

“With the car starting to burn more, it was in his best interest and safety to be removed from the car,” said Sorgen.

According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, Luke Fenwick, 31, of Middlebury, Indiana, was westbound on Bayview Road from 200 West when he went off the road and struck a large tree.

Bassett said he stopped at the crash and provided Sorgen with a crowbar and fire extinguisher. Sorgen then used the crowbar to bust out the windshield to get to Fenwick. Sorgen and Bassett pulled Fenwick to safety before the engine compartment of the vehicle burst into flames.

“Thank goodness we had an off duty Fort Wayne fireman up here,” said Bassett.

“He didn’t worry about his own safety,” said Sorgen describing Bassett’s decision to help. “He came up willing to help, willing to do whatever necessary to help this gentleman out.”

Police said alcohol was a factor in the crash. They also added if it wasn’t for both men’s quick reaction, Fenwick could have lost his life.

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