Detective Reunites With Woman She Pulled From Burning Car

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Detective Webb with the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office is reunited with a woman she saved who was trapped inside a burning vehicle. September 16, 2013.

Greensboro, N.C. -- A Rockingham County Sheriff's Detective saved 75-year-old Alice Anne Gwynn's life after a car crash trapped Gwynn inside her vehicle. 

Detective Mary Jane Webb stopped to call for help, but then the car caught on fire. So, Detective Webb raced to pull her out of the burning vehicle.

Detective Webb was on her way to testify in court. She admits she's afraid of fire. However, that fear didn't stop her from saving Alice Anne Gwynn's life. Monday morning, about a week after the crash, Detective Webb visited Alice in hospital and Alice finally got the chance to say, 'Thank you.'

When Gwynn saw Webb, she said, "You saved my life. You really did...I don't remember the pain at all. I really don't...I think I was sort of in shock."

Detective Webb responded, "You wanted to walk really, really bad."

However, Gwynn had two broken ankles, two broken ribs and bruises all over her body. 

"After looking at my feet, it was obvious I wasn't going anywhere," Gwynn said.

She needs multiple surgeries and could remain at Moses Cone Hospital for more than a month. But, she has her life.

"I'm just thankful to be here. I guess God wasn't quite finished with me and he had some stuff left for me to do," Gwynn said.

Detective Webb typically sees people during the worst times of their lives.

"A lot of times in law enforcement, we're there for the crisis. We don't get to see all the good things that happen after the crisis is over with," Detective Webb said. "She's definitely a survivor. She was a survivor that day. She's a strong woman...It makes me feel good. It makes me excited to get up and go to work."

Gwynn added, "I owe her my life. If she hadn't been there and there wasn't anybody there that knew what they were doing, it could have been a much different story."

Two other people passing by helped with the rescue. Sheriff Sam Page would like to thank them for their help. Alice would also like to thank them.

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