It was the middle of the day in the heart of Mt. Pocono in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. Thick black smoke was shooting up into the perfectly blue sky.
Along a busy stretch of roadway, an RV passing through town suddenly burst into flames. A man and his girlfriend who lived in that RV, were inside the vehicle when it happened.
According to the Pocono Record, Navy veteran Christopher Chmielnicki was waiting at a bank just around the corner, when a staff member screamed for someone to
Navy veteran Christopher Chmielnicki was waiting at a bank just around the corner, when a staff member screamed for someone to call 911
Chmielnicki said he ran outside, saw the vehicle engulfed in flames, and found the RV owner — whose girlfriend was still trapped inside. Chmielnicki told local news media that he ran into the blaze, crawled to the back of the RV, grabbed the woman’s leg and dragged her out.
The engulfed RV that Chmielnicki risked his life in to save a woman's life
Despite having only one leg — the other being replaced by a titanium limb after a motorcycle accident — Chmielnicki risked his life, according to the Daily Mail.
After saving the woman's life, Chmielnicki had to move quickly and get out after the brakes on the RV gave way and the vehicle started rolling down the street, the Mail reported.
To make matters worse, an SUV being towed by the RV broke off hitting a parked car, causing that to catch fire too, shutting down a section of Route 611. The heat from the fire melted the road and caused overhead power lines to burn and snap, affecting nearby homes and businesses, according to WNEP.
The SUV being towed by the RV, broke off hitting a parked car
Chmielnicki and the woman were both treated for smoke inhalation, but both are expected to be okay.