Men honored for saving father and son after fiery wreck
NAYLOR (AP) — Two southeast Missouri men have been honored as heroes for saving a man and his toddler son from a burning minivan.
The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic reported that Heath Moon of Poplar Bluff and Jeffrey Thomas of Naylor were recently honored by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, receiving a plaque, a pin and a certificate naming them honorary troopers.
The crash happened Oct. 7 when a Dodge Caravan, driven by 41-year-old Daniel Mitchell of Naylor, left Highway 142, struck a tree and caught fire. Mitchell and his 3-year-old son, Decklan, were trapped inside.
The patrol says Moon, a UPS driver, stopped to help. Thomas, who lives near the crash scene, left his home to offer assistance. They worked together to get the father and son free.