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California Teens Save Passengers From Burning Car

California Teens Save Passengers From Burning Car
Alex Schrier, left, and Jeffrey Bounds are being praised by Orange County Fire Authority officials after they and another good Samaritan pulled two people from a burning car Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, along a road in Orange County. Schrier and Bounds were driving home from a football game when they saw the car and jumped to action. (Matt Masin/The Orange County Register via AP)

By with Michael R. Shannon
Saturday, 11 November 2017 09:00 AM Current | Bio | Archive

When one writes about politics, government, and culture in California it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of only covering the negative. After all, there is so much with which to work!

This week there’s thankfully a story that is entirely positive and that proves there are still Californians who will rise to the occasion when presented with a life-or-death choice.

The Associated Press reports that two 16-year-olds were driving down the road in Orange County. Alex Schrier and Jeffrey Bounds are teammates on the Santa Margarita Catholic High School baseball team and they were no doubt expecting an uneventful trip to their destination.

Their complacency lasted until they spotted a crashed car engulfed in flames and resting on its side.

Here’s what the teammates didn’t do. They didn’t keep on driving. They didn’t stop to make a cellphone video. They didn’t live-stream the fire on social media while giving a running commentary from a safe distance. They didn’t even take a selfie with the burning car as a backlight.

Instead they leaped out of their car to help. Bounds told the Orange County Register, “As I got closer I could see the flames getting closer and closer to the main part of the car, and I heard someone screaming.”

Schrier dialed 911 and Bounds, along with another man who saw the potential disaster and stopped to help, ran to the burning auto. Ignoring the flames that were threatening to consume the passenger compartment, along with the passengers, the man grabbed a large rock and smashed the glass sunroof.

He and Bounds then drug the two passengers out of the car just in time. Bounds again on the accelerating, gasoline-fed fire, “We got them out and then it just started to just blow up. Honestly, I’ve never been more scared.”

The unassuming teammates and the volunteer rescuer who are responsible for saving the lives of a man in his 20s and a woman in her 40s simply proved Ralph Waldo Emerson’s point yet again: “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.”

Santa Margarita High plans to honor both of the young men in the near future, even though neither has sought to capitalize on their heroics. Schrier doesn’t claim to be a hero or anything special. As far as he’s concerned the teammates acted from a sense of duty, “If there’s a flipped car on fire, my first instinct is ‘They’re going to die if we don’t do something.’”

And fortunately, they did.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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