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When Missouri Highway Patrol trooper Jim Thuss witnessed a fiery crash last week, hospital he knew he had to get the driver out quickly.

“I’ve worked enough crashes to know that if there’s fire already, the whole vehicle eventually will go up,” Thuss recalled Wednesday. “I just hoped I could get her out of there in time.”

People are calling him a hero and a lifesaver after he pulled 60-year-old Becky Crawford of Belton from her 2015 Honda Civic right before flames engulfed her car on Feb. 2.