CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has honored a West Virginia state employee who rescued a woman and her child from their disabled vehicle on Interstate 68 in Monongalia County.
Justice recognized Department of Transportation worker Tina Bragg as a hero at a news conference Monday.
Bragg is a volunteer firefighter and a supervisor at the transportation department’s I-68 Coopers Rock maintenance center for Monongalia and Preston County. Justice says her highway crew was doing routine inspections when she pulled behind a burning car and a woman trying frantically to get her child out of a car seat.
Bragg rushed the woman and child to safety. While waiting for emergency responders to arrive, the vehicle exploded.
Justice read a statement in which Bragg said her firefighter training “kicked in” and that she was “just doing my job.”