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Peekskill Police: Good Samaritans Saved Woman and Child

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Two good Samaritans are being credited by city police for a heroic roadside rescue Thursday morning.

“At about 8:20 a.m. this morning we received multiple 911 calls alerting us to an accident in the vicinity of 151 Lower South Street,” Lt. Eric Johansen said Thursday. “Further calls came in that the incident had progressed to a rollover then a vehicle fire and finally to a rollover fire with people trapped.”

Johansen said emergency responders raced to the scene but by the time they got there the occupants, a mother and her two-month old son, had already been taken out of the car. Two men already at the scene had smashed the rear window of the minivan and removed the two before they could suffer any serious injuries, he said.

The mother and child were taken to Hudson Valley Hospital Center for observation but did not appear to suffer any serious injuries, Johansen said.

One of the men was identified as Frank Matranga of Verplanck. The other man left the scene without being identified.

“What they did was nothing short of heroic, “Johansen said. “We often hear the sad or disturbing issues we have in our society, so it’s nice to see the good part and that there are good people in this world.”

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