Six people honored for saving passengers from fiery crash in West Springfield


WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The swift actions to rescue passers-by following a fiery accident in West Springfield last month have won them recognition from city officials.

Six Central Chevrolet employees in West Springfield received the Hometown Hero Awards on Wednesday. The employees honored were:

  • Joseph healy
  • Angel Candelaria
  • Ed O’Grady
  • Rick benoit
  • James English
  • Joseph DeLiso

The men found themselves in a dangerous situation, quickly extinguished a sunken vehicle and secured two passengers to safety before first responders arrived.

The Hometown Hero Award was presented to Central Chevrolet by Mayor Reichelt, Chef Connor and Chef Flaherty. Without their actions, this accident would have been much more tragic.

A 31-year-old woman, Anais Gomez, was killed in the crash. Three other people were rescued from vehicles and taken to hospital. Police said the two cars were both traveling eastbound when the Gomez SUV struck the other while passing it. The SUV then lost control, struck the railing, and rolled over before catching fire.

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