Sharpsburg man saves father, daughter from car fire

by Bradley Hartsell - bradley@newnan.com

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Photo by Jim Sells

The accident took place near 55 Fischer Crossing and Hwy. 34 East, in front of NCG Cinemas about 7 p.m. Sunday.


A Sharpsburg man is being called a hero after helping save two lives Sunday evening, pulling out a father and daughter after their vehicle collided with an SUV in East Coweta, sending it up in flames.

The accident took place near 55 Fischer Crossing and Hwy. 34 East, in front of NCG Cinemas about 7 p.m. Sunday. The two vehicles, a Porsche and an SUV, collided head-on, immediately causing a fire. Mike Burgess had picked up his daughter from church and was in the turning lane when he heard the sound of a car horn.

Burgess said he saw the crash and fire, pulled his car over and immediately rushed to pull the people out.

Burgess says just as he had moved both victims a safe distance from the car, the Porsche erupted in flames.

At 7:17 p.m., the Coweta County Fire Department arrived. Burgess said a couple of off-duty EMTs arrived after the two victims were rescued and took over from that point.

The father was flown to the Atlanta Medical Center and the daughter was ground transported to Grady, according to Deputy Chief Todd Moore of the Coweta County Fire Department.

“His actions saved these people’s lives,” Moore said. “Without his actions, neither the father or daughter would have survived. He fought through the smoke and flames to save a complete stranger and we want to recognize his heroic actions.”

For more details see Wednesday’s print and digital editions of The Newnan Times-Herald.



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