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Michigan Teenagers, Cody Decker And Luke Vaughn, Rescue Florida Couple From Flaming Car

Posted: 04/ 7/2012 2:05 pm

It will be a spring break to remember for two 17-year-old heroes from Dewitt, Mich., who saved the lives of two people trapped in a burning car, ABC News reports.

Late week, Cody Decker and Luke Vaughn -- who were vacationing in Palm Coast, Fla. -- watched in horror as a car zoomed past them and crashed into a pair of trees.

According to Flaglerlive.com, Vaugn immediately dialed 911 as Decker raced towards the car to help. A man and woman were badly hurt and trapped inside the crumpled vehicle.

"They were completely incoherent, unconscious almost. The only words they could utter were "Help" and "Get us out"," Vaughn told ClickOnDetroit.com

An audio recording of the 911 call reveals the danger all four individuals were in.

"Oh my God. There's fire," Vaughn told the dispatcher. "The vehicle is engulfing in flames."

Endangering their own lives, the two teenagers worked against the clock to pull Tracy Lopez, 42, and Carlos Adams, 44, to safety. Bending the jammed car doors, they managed to get Lopez out but Adams -- whose burning legs were trapped beneath the dashboard -- remained helplessly in the vehicle, ABC News reports.

"It was all we had just to rip him out and drag his legs out and get him to safety. At that point, the car really just caught fire more and it just kind of burst. The flames just escalated," Vaughn told Flaglerlive.com.

Both Lopez and Adams were treated for critical injuries, but survived.

To honor them for their heroism, County Sheriff Don Fleming presented both teens a Life-Saving Award at a ceremony yesterday.

According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, tearful relatives of Lopez and Adams were at the ceremony to express their gratitude.

"They were sent from God to save Tracy and Carlos," said Emma Adams, Carlos' mother.

"If it wasn't for them, we'd be attending two funerals right now instead," added Tracy's daughter, Jessica Lopez, 18.

Vaughn and Decker said that they just did what they had to do.

"We're two ordinary guys just helping people out," Decker told ClickOnDetroit.com.

To listen to the Luke Vaughn's 911 call, listen to the audio clip from Flaglerlive.com:

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