HAUPPAGE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities on Long Island say a man who nearly died in a burning car has three good Samaritans to thank for saving his life.

Suffolk County police say Paul Gross, of Mount Sinai, suffered a medical emergency before he crashed into a tree in Hauppauge (HAWP'-awg) Wednesday afternoon. Police say volunteer firefighter Stephen Matteo heard the crash from his nearby home and rushed to help.

Matteo was able to pull Gross out of the burning car and administer medical care with the help of passing motorist, Edmund Quinones. Another good Samaritan, Briana Stettner, stopped traffic so emergency vehicles could reach the scene.

Gross was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Matteo and Quinones weren't injured during the rescue, but police say Matteo's watch was burned by the intense heat from the burning car.


Information from: WNBC-TV, http://www.nbcnewyork.com