OKC Fire Dept. Honors Citizens For Saving Family From Car Fire

Friday, December 21st 2012, 5:42 pm
By: News 9

An Oklahoma City mother and her two children were rescued from their car just moments before it went up in flames. And those who saved their lives were honored on Friday.

Earlier this month, Misty McPike and her two sons were on their way home when a fire started underneath their car. Three good Samaritans saw what happened and saved their lives.

Firefighters say they their actions that day were nothing short of heroic.

On Dec. 5, it was a near tragedy for the young family inside a car in northwest Oklahoma City. Misty McPike and her two boys, ages 2 and 4, were heading north on Rockwell and Northwest 63rd. She had just gotten off work and was going home when she started having car problems.

"It started smoking, so I thought it was overheating because I'd been having car problems with it," McPike said.

Misty and the kids were still inside the when a local couple stopped to help. Misty didn't know it, but the car was on fire.

"She was on the phone trying to get help at the time. We jumped out of the car, I got the car from the driver's side, Frank ran around to the other side to get the other child," Queta Washington said.

"I've got 2 boys of my own, and that's the first thing I saw. That's the first thing I thought about was my boys. I just wanted to be able to help," Frank Hopper said.

Before firefighters arrived, Esta Crowe had pulled over to help too.

"What if it was my family? I'd want somebody to help them," Crowe said.

On Friday, the city fire department honored all three as citizen heroes.

"I truly believe that these three people kept a bad situation from turning into a tragedy," Fire Capt. Danny Steelmon said.

Three citizens took quick action that Misty knows saved her family.

"Without them we wouldn't be here, me and my kids would've died," McPike said.

The fire department honored all three good samaritans with a plaque Friday. Misty says she and her kids have a lot to celebrate this Christmas, and she plans to keep in touch with the people who saved their lives.

Firefighters say the three citizens did everything right in that situation, including calling 911 immediately.