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Clovis Marine Saves Man from Wrecked Van

A Clovis Marine is being called a hero after he pulled an injured driver out of a wrecked van. Sergeant Robert Blundell was driving on Highway 41 near Hanford when an accident happened in front of him. His military training and experience in war zones kicked in.
A Clovis Marine is being called a hero after he pulled an injured driver out of a wrecked van.

Sergeant Robert Blundell was driving on Highway 41 near Hanford when an accident happened in front of him.

His military training and experience in war zones kicked in.

Sgt. Blundell served three tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan.

So when he saw someone who needed help, he didn't hesitate.

"I saw an accident occur 250 to 300 yards ahead of me," Blundell said.

Marine Sgt. Robert Blundell was driving on Highway 41 just outside Hanford when he saw smoke in front of him on the road. He pulled over when he saw a van on its side.

"The front windshield was pretty much splintered so I kicked that in, took my jacket off and just peeled the glass up and the guy was in there," Blundell said.

He pulled the driver out. Blundell provided medical attention until an ambulance arrived.

Other drivers stopped to help.

"The back of the vehicle started to catch on fire and I told another couple of guys to put the fire out. And I don't know where they got two fire extinguishers but they did and put the fire out," Blundell said.

Blundell said he's done this many times before, during his four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Wounded Iraqis, wounded Afghanis, wounded service members, whether it was from gunshot wounds, car crashes, IEDS," Blundell said.

Sgt. Blundell is a Marine recruiter in Clovis, preparing young men and women for a career in the military.

He has received praise for his actions on the highway. But he'd rather give credit to others.

"I think the real heros are the people who went into that situation, who decided to stop even though they weren't sure how to handle that kind of situation but still felt moved to try," Blundell said.

The man who was rescued from the van is expected to be ok.
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