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Hermiston man saves woman from flaming car

Jul 9, 2013

By The Associated Press

PENDLETON — A state trooper says a 39-year-old Hermiston man is a “true hero” for pulling a woman from a flaming car last week along Interstate 84.

The East Oregonian reports ( ) the accident happened Friday night at Pendleton.

Just after a car went into the ditch, Thomas Moore drove up and saw it in flames. He thought nobody could be alive.

But the driver, 33-year-old Jessica Maret of Pendleton, was inside. She was strapped in and crying, “I'm here. I'm here.”

Moore grabbed her by the arms and yanked her out. She survived.

Moore was holding her in his arms when the ambulance pulled up. Trooper Mark Banks arrived shortly after that and tells the paper he'll look for a way to recognize Moore's heroism.

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