Local Man Rescues Driver From Burning Car
SYMSONIA, KY - Most people would run away from a burning car or building but that's not the case for one local man.
Steve Copeland and his son were at their shop working just like any other Friday when they heard a crash. Steve went inside and grabbed the fire extinguisher, jumped into his truck and drove about a quarter mile up the road.
"As soon as I got here, the car was already pretty much engulfed, the font end was and then I kind of started to panic," Copeland said. He added that his adrenaline kicked in and he jumped into the smoky car.
"You couldn't see anything it was totally black, you just feel, that's how I found the body," Copeland said. Steve quickly drug the body across the street and over to a driveway where they watched and waited for the ambulance to arrive.
Investigators said Christopher Powell was driving south bound when he drove off Bryant Ford road and into a large tree, spinning out and bursting into flames.
The rescue isn't Steve's first heroic event. He's rescued three other neighbors from similar accidents saying, "I guess you can call us good samaritan on Bryant ford road."
Copeland laughed that he doesn't plan on quitting his day job.
"I think I'm satisfied with sales right now. I don't mind doing it part time, every now and then if I have to but I don't want to do it full time. (Emergency workers) have all my respect."
Steve Copland was not injured while saving Powell from the burning car.
Police charged the driver of the car, Christopher Powell, with driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license. He is currently at Lourdes Hospital in stable condition.