A New Hampshire state trooper will be honored later this month for pulling a man from a burning car following a fiery crash last year.

Trooper Kevin McGregor observed a vehicle speeding and having lane control issues on Interstate 93 north in June 2020, state police said.

McGregor was following the vehicle in Canterbury when it veered to its left and crashed into the trees, then caught fire, state police said.

McGregor and another driver at the scene pulled the driver, identified as Vito Paulino, 43, of Manchester from the burning car, according to state police.

Paulino was taken to Concord Hospital for evaluation, police said. The Canterbury Fire Department remained on scene to put out the vehicle fire.

McGregor will be recognized with a New Hampshire Hero Award at the Tupelo Music Hall in Derry on Tuesday, May 25 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Each spring, the New Hampshire Union Leader hosts the New Hampshire Hero Awards, which honor residents who have risked their lives to save or attempt to save another during the previous year.

The Hero Awards are presented by Citizens. The event is open to the public.

Contact events@unionleader.com with any questions.

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