FOREST PARK, Ill. (CBS) — A pair of National Guard soldiers said their training prepared them to help when a car rolled over, and then started smoking this weekend.
As Spc. Jovanta Duncan, of Plainfield, and Spc. Johanna Hernandez, of Des Plaines, headed for the Illinois National Guard armory after lunch, they spotted a crash at Roosevelt Road and Desplaines Avenue in Forest Park on Saturday.READ MORE: Jury Selection Under Way In Jussie Smollett Trial
“I saw the vehicle upside-down, and there was multiple people in the vehicle, and I knew that they were going to need some help to get out of there,” Duncan said.
He said his first instinct was to leave them inside for paramedics, to avoid aggravating any injuries they already had.READ MORE: Bond Set At $500,000 For Brendan Wydajewski, Accused In DUI Crash That Killed 3 People; Prosecutors Say He Was Driving Drunk At 122 MPH
“But then car started smoking,” he said.
So Duncan crawled in the smoking car, supported one man trapped upside-down so he could release his seatbelt, then worked with Hernandez to get everyone out safely.
They said soldiers are trained year-round in first aid and survival, as well as how to make decisions under intense pressure.MORE NEWS: 17-Year-Old Boy Killed, 4 Injured In Evanston Shooting; Police Believe Shooting Was Targeted
“My military training played a big role in how I reacted,” said Duncan. “I assessed the situation and took action.”