INVERNESS, Fla. – Two Citrus County deputies are being hailed heroes. After a car crashed, flipped, and pinned a passenger underneath, they were able to help lift the vehicle until other first responders could pull the man out.
They say it was teamwork, with EMS, the Fire Department, and regular citizens all having hands in the rescue.
Early Sunday morning, neighbors living near State Road 44 and South Cove Walk in Inverness were startled by a terrible sound.
“We got woken up to the dogs barking to a loud boom,” said Kathy Knecht. “Maybe 5-7 minutes later, someone is banging on our door. My husband came out with a flashlight and heard someone screaming, ‘help me’.”
A car had lost control, crashing into trees. The driver was ejected and moving around. But, the passenger, badly injured, was pinned underneath. Seconds were critical.
“My husband and the gentleman that got ejected from the car put pressure on a stick to sort of hold the car up until the deputy got there,” Knecht said.
The first deputy on scene was Dep. Thomas Indorato.
“I picked up part of the vehicle and tried to push it toward the tree itself to try to get the pressure off his head,”…