Former Brookfield firefighter saves driver from burning SUV
BROOKFIELD — A former volunteer firefighter’s swift response saved a man from a burning vehicle Tuesday morning.
It all started a little before 7 a.m., when a call came in about an accident on Federal Road, opposite Laurel Hill Road. An SUV had gone off the road and caught fire — with the driver trapped inside.
Former Brookfield firefighter Jim Docktor got to the scene before first responders arrived and was able to smash a window and remove the badly injured operator from the burning vehicle.
After freeing the driver, Docktor was assisted by a couple of bystanders, who pulled the driver further from the car.
The fire was extinguished and the patient transported to the Danbury Hospital emergency room with serious injuries.
Had Docktor not removed the driver when he did, fire and police personnel said, the man would have likely burned alive.
“We are very proud of the actions of Jim and the other bystanders on Tuesday,” the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company wrote on Facebook.
Brookfield firefighters were not surprised by Docktor’s actions.
“We have watched him grow up in the firehouse since he was a baby … He comes from a community-minded, public service-oriented family who has served Brookfield for decades,” Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company wrote.
Docktor’s father is a former chief of the fire company, his uncle is a lieutenant and his aunt served many years as an EMT.
“Jim’s actions demonstrate that on or off duty, firefighters will always step up and take action during an emergency,” the company wrote.