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Flagler Firefighters receive lifesaving awards for rescue

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PALM COAST, Fla. – Nine Flagler County firefighters-paramedics were presented with lifesaving awards for their rescue of a UPS trailer driver earlier this year. 

Firefighters responded to the Apr. 13 crash involving a rolled over trailer on I-95. The crew worked four hours to rescue the driver Scott Breidenstein from his crushed cabin, which had been smashed to a mere two feet and was upside down. 

“When crews arrived on scene, they saw what they believed to be a fatal accident due to the wreckage,” Flagler Rescue Chief Don Petito said during the presentation. “The cab was positioned on its roof, crushed by the impact, with only 24 inches between the floor board and the roof of the cab.” 

Metal and trees were intertwined due to the crash, and the firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to remove pieces of the truck to rescue the driver. Breidenstein recently got married and completed his rehabilitation, according to his supervisor Diane Morris. 

Each firefighter-paramedic was awarded a Hurst Green Cross Award and a Paratech Rescue Award for their heroic efforts.