Seattle firefighter rescues man from burning truck in I-5 pileup near Chehalis

Seattle firefighter Chris Quinlan is being hailed for helping rescue a man from a burning trunk after a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near Chehalis Tuesday morning, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Seattle Fire)

SEATTLE - A Seattle firefighter is being hailed for helping rescue a man from a burning truck after a multi-vehicle pileup on Interstate 5 near Chehalis Tuesday morning.

Seattle Fire said Chris Quinlan was headed northbound on I-5 on his way to work when he came across the crash involving multiple vehicles and semi trucks in the southbound lanes.

He pulled over and jumped out to help the crash victims while medics and fire units were en route.

Quinlan said he quickly pulled a man from a pickup truck that had caught on fire and began first aid.

When medics arrived on scene, Quinlan assisted Chehalis Fire with patient care.

“He could have easily drove by without stopping, but it was his servant heart and professional actions which gave this patient his best chance of survival,” Chehalis Fire Chief Ken Cardinale said in a news release.

Quinlan works at Fire State 33 in South Seattle.

On Tuesday afternoon, Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins and Assistant Chief Bryan Hastings recognized Quinlan at Seattle Fire headquarters for his life-saving actions during the crash.

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