Man honored for saving passenger |

Man honored for saving passenger

Staff reports

During recent ceremonies at the Veteran’s Administration in Reno, a South Lake Tahoe resident was honored for his heroic efforts after he helped rescue a paralyzed man involved in a traffic accident.

On April 29, Veteran’s Administration transport van driver Jay Brown helped passenger John Baudendistel escape without major injuries when the van Brow was driving was hit by another vehicle in Carson City.

Baudendistel, who is wheelchair bound and weighs more than 270 pounds, was lifted by Brown and removed from the van after it began filling up with smoke.

“I thought the van was going to burst into flames,” Baudendistel said in a letter to Gary Whitfield, the director of the VA Hospital in Reno. “Thank God for Mr. Brown that he acted fast and got me out.”

Last month Brown was recognized for his efforts in front of an assembly of Veterans Administration employees.

“Jay Brown will always be a hero for his response in thinking first for his passenger’s safety,” Whitfield said.

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