Off-duty Seattle firefighter rescues man from burning vehicle

SEATTLE – Seattle firefighter, Chris Quinlan, was driving on northbound Interstate-5 on his way to work this morning when he came upon a collision involving multiple vehicles and semis in Chehalis, WA. Using his skills learned from his profession as a firefighter/EMT, Quinlan quickly jumped out of his vehicle to help those involved prior to fire units arriving on scene. He pulled a male patient from a pick-up truck (shown in photo) that had caught fire, and began first aid treatment. After the medics arrived on scene, Quinlan continued to assist 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,” said Chehailis Fire Chief Ken Cardinale.

Quinlan works at Fire Station 33 in South Seattle – we are proud to say he is a member of our department. Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins and Assistant Chief Bryan Hastings recognized Quinlan for his life-saving actions this afternoon at Seattle Fire Headquarters.