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Fort Scott students help man who crashed into a tree

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Some Fort Scott High School students are the talk of the town after a heroic rescue.

The students were walking home from school last week when they saw a mini van drive off the road and into a tree.  The driver had suffered a seizure and lost control of the vehicle.  The students called 911 and played a role in rescuing him from the vehicle as it filled with smoke.

"I saw that there was a car that looked like it hit a tree and I just figured maybe somebody's brakes gave out and I got up there and there was people yelling and stuff beating on the windows," says Kyle Perry, a junior at Fort Scott High School.

"I looked down in the passenger seat and there was a guy laying there and the van was filling up with smoke so we were trying to break the window and I couldn't do it with a rock so I grabbed my pocket knife and started hitting it with that," says Skyler Cruse, also a junior.

"There were kids trying to punch the window, hit it with a knife and I just hit mine with the knife and broke one window, ran over to the other side and broke that window, reached in and turned off the car," says sophomore Austin Alfaro.

"We're telling him to not move and stuff because he could've had a neck injury or something," says Perry.

Para-education teacher Kim Simmons witnessed the group of students take action.

"I stood back and kind of watched in amazement as all these boys, they would not give up, I mean it was amazing to watch them, they were even trying to break it with their hands and had some injuries on their hands," says Simmons.

According to the Fort Scott Police Department the man driving was Frederick Large, 50.  Large was transported to a local hospital and has since been released.

The boys say they have since seen him walking with a limp and just a few cuts along his arms and face.

Even though the students did a heroic job helping get the man out of the smoke, none of them consider themselves heroes.

"The thing is, the boys, they were keeping a low key, not one of them think they did anything out of the ordinary, anything amazing," says Simmons.

"Everybody should do that, everybody should help somebody," says Perry.  "I don't really think of myself as a hero.  I just think of doing a normal thing, helping someone out".

Some of the students say more than 20 were there trying to help out.  The school's assistant principal Jeff DeLatorre sent out an email including many of the students names that helped:  Nick Judson, Jordan DeWees, James Harrison, Taylor Nielson, Jensen Nielson, Kyle Perry, Tanner Johnson, Skyler Cruse, Camden Stiles, Austin Alfaro, Jace Stewart and Joe Doherty.

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