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Off duty officer saves man after gas station fire

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WESTCHESTER, N.Y. (NBC) - A man was able to escape after a gas station fire in New York thanks to another driver's quick thinking.

In the blink of an eye, John Vescio, a senior investigator who's been with the New York State Police for 20 years, went from being a commuter to a rescuer. Last Tuesday, while off duty, he stopped at the Mobil station to gas up his unmarked state police car.

"I was standing there at the pump and the only thing I remember hearing was a speeding car; somebody that was entering into the gas station at a higher rate of speed than normal," Vescio said.

A 69-year-old man who was driving into the gas station apparently blacked out, slamming into a gas pump.

"The next think I know, the pump was coming down on top of me," Vescio said.

Bruised, Vescio pulled the driver from the car as flames began to spread.

"You could see the way his legs were tucked under by the seat. His seatbelt was on. He was pretty much helpless," Vescio said.

"John was a civilian at the time. You see him in his Yankee jersey and shorts, and he becomes a victim and then he becomes a hero," said Major Keith Corlett of the New York State Police.
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