September 15, 2010
Robeson County, NC (WTOC) – A Hinesville family is alive thanks to a North Carolina Highway Patrolman’s heroic actions.
Jessica White-Depriest was driving on Interstate 95 back to Hinesville when her minivan began having problems in North Carolina, WRAL-TV reported.
The woman pulled the van over and at first it seemed OK, WRAL reported. But, after a few minutes, a trooper noticed flames appearing – and then the fire moved quickly while the kids were still inside.
The trooper and the mother worked together and got her triplets and 2-year-old child out safely.
“Thankfully, a passing motorist stopped with a fire extinguisher to try to put the flames out,” said Alan Humphrey, the trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God, I have to get my children out of the car,’ ” White-Depriest said.
The father is still stationed in Iraq. Everyone is going to be OK.
WRAL-TV reported that Humphrey, a third-generation trooper, said he was just doing his job.
“There are so many troopers on the highway that are fulfilling these types of needs and requirements on a daily basis that it sometimes becomes unnoticed,” Humphrey told WRAL.