– When Skyler J. Swartz and Collin Hoffman encountered a fiery, two-vehicle crash on Pa. Route 333, the teenagers didn’t hesitate when pulling one of the drivers to safety and helping him escape burns.
Today, the pair were heralded as heroes by Rep. John Hershey (R-Mifflin/Juniata/Franklin) and Pennsylvania State Police troopers who sought recognition for the young men’s actions. Hershey presented both with House citations for their actions.
“I’m incredibly impressed by the quick thinking and bravery demonstrated by Skyler and Collin. Together, they covered an unconscious man amidst the flames and pulled him to safety, which police say saved his life,” Hershey said. “I’m honored to thank Skyler and Collin in person and share the well wishes of my fellow legislators.”
The crash was reported at about 4:45 p.m. Oct. 27 in Delaware Township, Juniata County.
“The motorist assisted by Skyler and Collin was fortunate they came along moments after the crash. The 18-year-old and 17-year-old provided life-saving measures until an ambulance arrived. We’re very grateful that their actions resulted in a better outcome than could have otherwise happened,” Trooper Christopher Fox said.
The citations refer to Swartz and Hoffman as “true heroes” with a “quick and unflinching response to that life-threatening situation,” adding that they “will long be remembered and appreciated.”