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NH Hero Awards: Hollis man recognized for assisting at fiery crash

Union Leader Correspondent

May 07. 2018 8:55PM
These are the remains of a vehicle that burst into flames following a crash last year in Hollis where four teens were injured. (Courtesy Hollis Police Department)

HOLLIS — It was shortly after midnight on Jan. 21, 2017 when Jon Tamposi heard a loud bang outside his Pine Hill Road residence.

“As soon as I ran outside I heard someone screaming for help,” said Tamposi, 57, who has been named a New Hampshire Hero for assisting four teenagers during the accident.

Their vehicle had crashed in his yard and was already on fire. Two passengers were already outside the vehicle when Tamposi arrived; a third person was halfway out when he grabbed their arm and helped them out.

The teens told him that a fourth person was still inside the burning car.

“I never even thought twice. I did what everyone would have done,” said Tamposi. “I had one hand on the phone with 911 and I had to hang up and go toward the back of the car.”

He said a girl inside was conscious, but injured, and could not get out of the burning vehicle. Tamposi climbed his way to the back, where he was able to grab the girl and get her out.

“The kids were in shock and some of them were badly hurt,” said Tamposi. “The car was a ball of flames.

At the time, police said that all four — three girls ranging in age from 15 to 16, and an 18-year-old man — were injured in the crash. Three suffered serious injuries; the fourth was treated and released the same day.

“What I did was nothing. You don’t think, you just react. The true heroes are the first responders,” said Tamposi, who works in the real estate industry. “The Hollis police, volunteer firefighters and EMTs were fantastic with the kids. They knew how to calm the situation down.”

The Union Leader Hero Awards honor New Hampshire residents who have risked their lives in the previous year to save or attempt to save the life of another person. The program is sponsored by Citizens Bank and presented by the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Recipients of the 2018 Union Leader Hero Awards will be honored at a ceremony on the steps of the State House at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The event is free and open to the public.

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