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Three men honored for saving boy from burning car

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PITTSVILLE (WAOW) -

Three men were honored tonight for pulling a boy out of a fiery car after a crash last weekend. The boy's mother says if it wasn't for those men, her three-year-old son wouldn't be alive today.

The boy was trapped after his father's girlfriend was thrown from the car. It quickly started burning. That's when three men did all they could to get him out.

"Brings tears to my eyes. I could have lost my son," Brad Crary said.

Crary finally got to meet the men who saved his son's life, and they got to see Christopher for the second time.

"We all had an agreement, we weren't going to leave him in the car, even if it was injury to ourselves," one of the men John Losievski said.

"We just did what we did because we were there," Jim Knutson said.

Josh Calaway, Jim Knutson and John Losievski are being called heroes after they risked their own lives to save three-year-old Christopher. The boy was trapped in a burning car after a crash Saturday in Wood County.

"The car started on fire in the front and that's when Christopher started crying," Losievski said.

Knutson says he went in first, but the smoke got to him. Next was Calaway, who worked on getting Christopher out of his car seat. Finally, Losievski jumped in and pulled the boy out.

"That's the sign of a true hero. It definitely is. Most people would just drive by or try and give up," Christopher's mother Meghan White said.

"When we were in there, the flames were a foot from our head. The front seats were on fire when we got him out of there," Calaway said.

The men say moments later, the entire car went up in flames. Christopher's parents say they'll always be thankful for the men and their bravery.

"It means everything for me to be here and meet the men that saved by son's life. If it wasn't for them, I'd be planning a funeral right now," White said.

Now, a few days later, Pittsville EMS honored the men with lifesaver awards. But the men say that's not the real reward.

"It's enough honor to see him running around," Losievski said.

Christopher only suffered minor burns from his child seat. The family told me the woman driving is doing better. They say she's been moved out of intensive care and is recovering in the hospital.

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