Men honored for saving father and son after fiery wreck

     (AP) – Two southeast Missouri men have been honored as heroes for

saving a man and his toddler son from a burning minivan.

     The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic reports that Heath Moon of Poplar

Bluff and Jeffrey Thomas of Naylor were recently honored by the Missouri State

Highway Patrol. Both received a plaque, a pin and a certificate naming them

honorary troopers.

     The crash happened Oct. 7 when a Dodge Caravan driven by 41-year-old Daniel

Mitchell of Naylor left Highway 142, struck a tree and caught fire. Mitchell and

his 3-year-old son, Decklan, were trapped inside.

     The patrol says Moon, a UPS driver, stopped to help. Thomas, who lives near

the crash scene, left his home to offer assistance. They worked together to get

the father and son free.


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