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Man seeks soldiers who saved him and children on I-93 in Bedford
David Sullivan is trying to find the two National Guard soldiers who saved his life by freeing him from his burning vehicle after a crash on Interstate 93 in Bedford.
David Sullivan doesn't know, but he wants to thank them.
Sullivan was driving home to Massachusetts from the family's weekend home in Lincoln on March 9 with three of his own kids in the car and three of their friends.
Chris Cronen is on temporary assignment as New England deputy field office director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and was out for a Sunday drive that day.
Then someone yelled, "The car is on fire!"
With state police and ambulance crews taking over, Cronen gave his business card to a trooper, took some photos of the scene "for an after-action report," and left. When he got to his hotel, he wrote, "I noticed that I had glass fragments in my left hand and started to feel pronounced pain in my right shoulder."
Cronen's actions that day have earned him praise from his colleagues and even a congratulatory phone call from the Secretary of Homeland Security.
But what he really wants is to make sure the three military men and the other bystanders who helped rescue Sullivan and the six children share the credit. "This was a team effort. I could not have done it alone," he said in his email.
Daniel Modricker, public affairs officer for ICE in New England, called Cronen "an amazingly modest person."
"He wants to make sure they're getting recognized for what they did," he said.
It's more likely they were airmen or soldiers from the New Hampshire National Guard.
Sullivan said he hopes to meet Cronen and the others who saved them that day. "What I'd like to say to them all is . I would like to give you all a big hug and thank you very much for being there and helping me and, more importantly, all the young kids in the car."
None of the six children in the vehicle, ages 10 to 16, had even a scratch.
"We've told the kids God obviously was looking after us that day and he'll look after you the rest of your life. And just be thankful."
If anyone knows the identities of those who helped at the crash scene on March 9, call the NHNG public affairs office at 227-1468.
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