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Ada couple hailed for heroism after highway rescue

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Dan Tiger, right, approaches the burning pickup truck with driver Nathan Nolen inside. (Courtesy) Dan Tiger, right, approaches the burning pickup truck with driver Nathan Nolen inside. (Courtesy)

PONTOTOC COUNTY, Okla. -- An Ada couple are being hailed for their heroism after rescuing a man trapped in a burning car early Wednesday morning.

The dramatic rescue on State Highway 3E southeast of Ada was captured on camera.

Amie and Dan Tiger jumped into action when seconds counted. Their quick thinking saved a life.

"Maybe I was supposed to be there... it was supposed to happen," Dan said.

The video shows the moment he rushed to save driver Nathan Nolan, who was trapped in a burning car.

"As we come up on the fire, we realized it was a wreck -- a horrible, horrific wreck," Amie said. "I didn't think anybody was alive in the truck, but my husband checked in. Thank God there was a man in there and he pulled him out.

State troopers believe Nolan veered left of center early Wednesday morning, hitting another car head-on.

Nolan's truck burst into flames, just a short distance from the home of Amie and Dan Tiger, both of whom are veterans.

"I don't feel like it was heroic," Dan said. "It's just what I had to do. When I did it, there wasn't any thought to it."

Watching the video brought it all back for the Tigers.

"I was scared to death," Amie said. 

"I  am just incredibly grateful that he was able to get out of that... he survived as well, heroics aside," Dan added.

The Tigers don't want to forget the two victims who didn't survive, driver Deborah Smithee of Stonewall and passenger Charles Coffman of Tupelo.

"I really feel blessed to be put in the position to help somebody, but we don't want the other family to be forgotten as well, because they did lose loved ones..

Troopers said the wreck remains under investigation, but they do believe alcohol may have played a factor.

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