Boy Saves Mom's Life In Gas Pump Accident

A ten-year-old Union County boy is being called a hero after saving his mothers life.

Vanessa Potts and her young son stopped for fuel at a Morganfield gas station on Monday night.

Potts was sitting inside the car while the gas pumped, but the fuel tank overflowed with gas and suddenly caught fire, just as she was getting out of the car.

Potts got caught up in the flames as she was trying to escape.

That's when her son sprang into action.

Firefighters say he pushed his mom to the ground, took off his shoe and beat out the flames.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Potts is being treated for serious burns at a St. Louis hospital.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2008 at 07:29 PM
    I no the boy he is my friends cousin
  • by Gail Location: Lawrenceburg on Jan 20, 2008 at 03:45 PM
    If you get back into your car while pumping gas, ALWAYS make sure you touch something metal to ground yourself when exiting the vehicle. If there is a fire, hit the automatic shut off - DO NOT remove the nozzle from the car.
  • by Ashley Location: KY on Jan 19, 2008 at 11:45 PM
    This is truly amazing and this family is definately in my prayers. This was a very lucky lady and a intelligent child to think so fast how to help his mother. May God bless them both!
  • by Joe Location: Lexington on Jan 19, 2008 at 04:04 PM
    Boy, aren't we know-it-all's! Kudo's to that little boy, and yes, people do make mistakes. Do we always have to judge people so harshly?
  • by david Location: lynch on Jan 19, 2008 at 05:48 AM
    to randy most cars have dual exhaust so that does away with your comment
  • by family of the victim Location: morganfield ky on Jan 19, 2008 at 12:22 AM
    First of all I think it is rude and ignorant to jump to conclusions when you know nothing about the mother, child, or even the gas station for that matter. The pump had been reported faulty for weeks prior to the accident. The mother for a fact does not smoke, and would not in any way endanger her child. How many of you can honestly say you've never talked on a cell phone or opened your car door while at the pump? Yes static electricity may be the culprit here, but when the pump overflows, what would you do? She reacted just like anyone else would in this situation. Instead of making jokes about the accident, we should all be thankful she has taught her 10-year-old enough about fire safety to know what to do in such a situation, and even more thankful that they both survived. For those of you with enough kindness and humanity to think of the victims in their time of need, the boy was unharmed and his mother is recovering at a St. Louis hospital.
  • by neal Location: east ky on Jan 18, 2008 at 10:01 PM
    I am impressed with this young man.
  • by SR Location: Lexington on Jan 18, 2008 at 12:24 PM
    Was she on a cell phone too?
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Jan 18, 2008 at 11:32 AM
    I got put in jail for beating my mom with a shoe...and he's getting commended????
  • by Myth Buster Location: nowhere on Jan 18, 2008 at 08:57 AM
    OK I saw this on Myth Busters a year or so ago, it can happen but the chances of a static build up has to mix with just the right amount before it would catch. Also shouldn't the pumps have an atomatic shut off, I mean I stand with mine and my car is off, and everytime I put the lever on auto it clicks off when it fills up, unless these don't have that feature, it should have clicked off. I am not saying that its right or wrong, these are some other points you can consider.
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