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Family Saved From Exploding Car

A local family has a lot to be thankful for after two bystanders came to their rescue after a violent car crash.
A local family has a lot to be thankful for after two bystanders came to their rescue after a violent car crash. 

Terri Fontanez and her four children were going home from a birthday party when their van was hit at the intersection of West Henrietta Road and Thruway Park Drive.

"I remember seeing it and knowing I was going to get hit and then first thing I thought of [was] my kids," she said.

The van immediately burst into flames. The crash happened in front of Christine Wilson, an off-duty Rochester Police officer, who rushed to the rescue. 

"I just saw these four beautiful kids and now they became my babies and I just knew I had to act fast," Officer Wilson said.

Wilson freed Terri's nine-year-old daughter, Easily, by releasing the seatbelt.

"It was very, very smoky. Now it's hard to see so I'm going by feel with darkness," Wilson said.

Wilson had a tough time getting the other three children out of their car seats. 

"I'm just praying to God just give me some more seconds, I can do this; and at that time, like I said, you could hear the front windows just busting from the heat," she said.

Wilson was able to rescue two children, but Terri's two-year-old son was still trapped.

"Some unknown man, he came from the back of the vehicle yelling, running towards me with that last child saying 'I got him, I got the last child,'" she said.

"I gave him a hug and I said thank you because he brought my son into the building after getting him out," Terri said.

Terri hopes to thank her heroes in person.

"Thank you is going to come out of my mouth a lot but those words seem so small to say, but literally words can't describe how thankful I am," she said.

Christine Wilson has been with the Rochester Police Department for 11 years. She spent seven years on patrol, and now she is an instructor and recruiter. 
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