Kentucky National Guard soldiers pull man from burning vehicle

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Several Kentucky National Guard soldiers are being praised as heroes after pulling a man from his burning car.

It happened Sunday night along Interstate 64 in Franklin County.

Sheriff Pat Melton says a man from Canada lost control of his SUV and crashed. The SUV burst into flames, and four soldiers stopped, and pulled over to save him.

"There's not hesitation. There's no second thought. We got out of the car, we didn't walk, we ran," explained Sgt. Andrew Mehltretter, who helped pull the victim from the SUV, "it's kinda the values of the guardsmen. That's what we do. When you raise your hand, you take that oath, you serve the people of the United States. When you see somebody flipped over like that, especially as a guardsman, you serve a community."

We're told the driver is recovering at UK Hospital and is expected to survive. He told deputies, he may have fallen asleep behind the wheel causing him to crash.

Sheriff Melton plans to recognize all four Kentucky Guardsmen for their bravery. He says he is writing letters of commendation for each one.

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