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Man who performed heroic act in Esso fire gets recognized

A Comox man is being recognized after saving a life from last year’s gas station fire.

The fire took place on May 20, 2023 where a motor vehicle drove into a gas pump at the ESSO gas station.

According to the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, an organization aiming to recognize acts of heroism, the driver of the vehicle was a 76-year-old woman.

” Inside the station, co-owner Junyi Liu41, of Comox, immediately turned off the electrical breakers to the gas pumps, but about 1 gallon of gas in the fuel pump hose also caught fire,” said the commission.

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“Within seconds, the heat from the fire burned off the rubber nozzles on a nearby propane dispenser, spilling propane onto the woman’s vehicle, which accelerated the fire.”

They say that Liu ran out with a fire extinguisher, but after realizing it would not work, he ran to the car to reach the woman.

With the help of a bystander, Liu was able to carry her to safety, where both of them suffered only minor burns.

As a way to recognize his efforts, the commission is rewarding him the Carnegie Medal for Heroism, and a financial grant.

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