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Three area citizens were recognized for their bravery during a fiery accident in January. From left, Chris Donahoe, Matthew Labine and Roger Gibney were applauded for their heroic efforts to save the driver and a dog. Bulletin photo by Emily Buss

South Washington County citizens honored for heroism after pulling driver from burning vehicle

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When an allegedly impaired driver rear-ended another vehicle on a chilly January night and burst into flames, three area residents leapt into action, risking their lives to save a 29-year-old man and his dog.


Because of their bravery and quick thinking, all parties in the accident were rescued, an extraordinary feat the city of Cottage Grove recognized last month when the Cottage Grove City Council presented awards to Chris Donahoe, Matthew Labine and Roger Gibney.

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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