A man who pulled a severely injured driver from his burning tractor-trailer earned the praise of the Dunwoody Police Department and City Council this week.

Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan, right, presents a certificate to Robert Vincent to thank him for saving the life of a tractor-trailer driver. (Photo Dyana Bagby)

“With no regard to his personal safety he pulled [the driver] over 100 feet to safety and saved his life,” Dunwoody Police Chief Bill Grogan said of Robert Vincent at the Oct. 10 City Council meeting.

Vincent was being honored for saving the life of a truck driver whose truck’s brakes caught fire Sept. 14 while on I-285 westbound just west of Chamblee Dunwoody Road. When the driver went to examine the fire and try to put it out, a tire exploded in his face.

The truck was carrying hospital supplies, including oxygen tanks, and the tanks also started exploding. While the driver was severely injured, he tried to crawl under the fully engulfed truck, Grogan said, and that’s when Vincent jumped into action.

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Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.