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When help is needed, it's great to know it's available.

Such certainly was the case last Wednesday when a pickup truck careened out of control, turned over and landed in a creek bed off the Lincolnton Highway near Thomson.

The woman driving, who is several months pregnant, was injured and in need of medical attention.

She couldn't get out of the truck. She was trapped -- the doors jammed as a result of the afternoon crash on Veterans Day.

The truck, suspended in the air on two wheels, tilted ever so closely to the cold waters of the creek bed -- appearing as though it would turn over at any moment.

The woman needed help.

Turns out that McDuffie County School Superintendent Jim LeBrun and Associate School Superintendent Jim Franklin were traveling in the opposite direction and saw the woman losing control of the truck.

The local school officials were returning to the BOE Central Office in Thomson following a special program honoring veterans at McDuffie Place in the Raysville Community.

Immediately, the two school officials could tell that the driver of the truck was going to wreck and likely get seriously injured.

A Lincolnton man also saw what was taking place.

Seconds later, their fears became reality when the woman's truck disappearing from their view, down a steep embankment and into a creek.

Mr. LeBrun, Dr. Franklin and Chris Dunsmore, who witnessed the wreck, parked their vehicles safely on the soggy shoulder of the highway and immediately got out to render whatever assistance they could to the injured driver.

The trio of good Samaritans went out of their way to help someone in need -- in this case, a total stranger.

While Mr. LeBrun and Mr. Dunsmore went to help the woman, Dr. Franklin made emergency calls.

Mr. LeBrun, muddy with red clay on his shoes, slacks, shirt and hands, carefully climbed onto the truck in an attempt to get a door open and free the trapped woman.

Because the doors were jammed, his plan didn't work.

Mr. LeBrun stayed right there, though, attempting to calm the woman as best he could by talking to her.

He assured her that help was on the way.

It wasn't long before a state trooper along with local firefighters/first responders and medical personnel arrived to help free the injured woman, who resides in McCormick, S.C.

She was taken to an Augusta hospital.

What those three men did in lending a hand to this woman was no less than heroic.

Web posted on Thursday, November 19, 2009

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