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Man saves toddler trapped inside wrecked vehicle

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(Source: Sanilac County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Sanilac County Sheriff's Office)

A Michigan man is being called a hero after authorities say he saved a 3-year-old who was trapped inside a wrecked vehicle. 

The crash happened about 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Maple Grove Road and Deckerville Road in Sanilac County's Marion Township.

Aaron Puzan, 35, of Deckerville, arrived to the scene and saw the 3-year-old child trapped inside one of the vehicles, the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office said.

One of the vehicles was on fire and the other vehicle was close by, so Puzan sprang into action to get everyone out, the sheriff's office said.

"I felt no fear for myself. It was more along the lines of move them," Puzan said.

He was able to free the child and help the other occupants get away from the fire. The driver of the vehicle on fire was able to get out on her own, the sheriff's office said.

Puzan was on his lunch break when he spotted the smoke at the intersection. He saw a woman laying outside her vehicle and it was on fire.

"I ran around the corner, there she was laying on the ground, couldn't move. I had pulled her as far up to the ditch as I could," Puzan said.

Puzan noticed a 3-year-old boy was still in the other vehicle so he rushed to his aid.

"I was able to detach the young man from his car seat and carry him out to the road where I had applied pressure and kept him awake and coherent and worked with him until the EMS units showed up," Puzan said.

Several emergency crews responded to the scene and rendered aid to the injured occupants.

The 3-year-old was transported to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw for treatment. The child's condition is unknown at this time.

The other three occupants were taken to Deckerville Hospital and later transferred.

Olivia Desjardins, 19, of Applegate was driving westbound on Deckerville Road at the time of the crash. Laken Tubbs, 27, of Applegate, and the 3-year-old child were occupants in her 2005 GMC Yukon.

The second driver, a 54-year-old Ubly woman, was traveling southbound on Maple Grove Road and failed to stop at the stop sign, the sheriff's office said. She was driving a 2004 Honda Odyssey.

The accident remains under investigation, but alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

The second driver's name is being withheld pending the outcome of the investigation.

Puzan is a chief at Autumnwood of Deckerville, a retirement home. His coworkers said they are proud of him.

"That is a selfless thing to do and as a nurse you know, I understand what it's like to be in a position where you have to help people and I'm just glad Aaron was there to help those people out in their time of need," Kerry Regentin said.

Sanilac County Undersheriff Brad Roff said everyone will be OK, thanks in part to Puzan.

"I think his actions are definitely heroic and we appreciate him," Roff said.

Puzan doesn't think he is a hero and said he is just glad he could help.

"That's all the blessing you can ask for is knowing that the people you were there for are safe," Puzan said.

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