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Local Hero Saves Life After Accident

LINCOLN, De. - On Tuesday, a fiery crash between a car and a dump truck claimed a life. But that could have been two lives if one local hero had not sprung into action, helping to pull the dump truck driver out of the vehicle moments before the wreckage bursted into flames. Authorities said through is determination, he was instrumental to saving the person's life. 

Kenneth Smith of Milford was driving behind the dump truck, when he witnessed the accident on Cedar Creek Road near Lincoln. The car was immediately flattened and the person inside was killed. But the dump truck was at first still sturdy, although the driver was stuck in the bottom of the overturned truck. Smith helped to pull him out. 

"I open the door and I'm helping him," he said. "I can see the flames climbing up the seat. He didn't have long. But we got him out. 'Take your time' I said. He was losing his foot. 'Take your time. Put your foot here, put your hand here.' The whole time I was scared to death. I just knew it was going to blow."

Smith said he was the only one to rush to the truck. He pulled out 65-year old James Daisey from the Lincoln area. Less than a minute later, the truck burst into flames. Despite his actions, Smith said he is not a hero. 

"You just gotta do what you gotta do," he said. "I mean... I could not. There's no way I could sleep knowing I didn't do anything. I had to do something. I had to try something. There's no way I could sleep." 

His fiance Rose Lofland fought tears throughout the interview. She said she knew she could have lost Smith forever, although she said she is glad he took action. 

"That's the kind of person he is," she said. "He'll help others no matter what. No matter what danger there is to himself. That's just the kind of person he is. I know that."

Smith talked about his interaction with Daisey after he was pulled from the truck. 

"He shook my hand," he said. "He thanked me. That's all I need. I don't even need that. You don't have to thank me. I didn't do anything special." 

Although his actions saved a life, Smith said he wakes up in the morning thinking about the other person who he couldn't save. He said he tried to save the person in the car as well, but when he got to the car, he was already dead. He still spent multiple minutes, battling a growing fire, trying to pull the body out of the car so the body could be saved. Despite all his efforts, the body was stuck inside, and he could not pull it out. 

Lofland said she was amazed by her fiance's courage. 

"I'm proud of him," she said. "I mean he's a hero." 
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