WEST GREENWICH, R.I.–One Massachusetts couple had quite the exhilarating start to their 20th anniversary celebrations.
On Monday, Fred and Rosemary Schipper Villa were driving down from their home in Massachusetts to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, to celebrate their wedding anniversary when they spotted a car that had flipped, and saw a lot of smoke on the side of I-95 in the area of West Greenwich, Rhode Island. Then, the car went up in flames.
Fred, 66, noticed a woman trapped inside and pulled over, jumped out of the car without hesitation, and rescued her, according to a message FOX 61 received from Rosemary.
Rosemary said her husband cut the woman’s seat belt and helped pull her out of the car, which was destroyed by the fire. Other drivers noticed and pulled over to help as well, including a fire EMS and a nurse.
Deputy Chief Paul Casey, director of the Cranston Fire Department EMS division, was one of the good Samaritans to stop and help.
According to WPRI, a Rhode Island news station who spoke to state police, the woman said her accelerator was stuck and she didn’t know what to do other than crash into the median. Her injuries aren’t life-threatening.
“So proud of him,” Rosemary said of her husband. “Great ending to what could have been a tragic story because people cared enough to stop and help!”
But Rosemary couldn’t only give credit to her husband. She added, Thank you to all that stopped!”
You can see the rescue begin about 50 seconds into the video above.