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Law enforcement officers recognized for pulling man from burning vehicle

Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

KILMARNOCK—Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Irving Brittingham and Deputy Norman Sibley are downplaying their recent life-saving efforts as “being in the right place at the right time.” But to Ryan Gaskins of Kilmarnock, they are heroes.

From left, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Irving Brittingham and Deputy Norman Sibley each received a life saving award for pulling Ryan Gaskins, right, of Kilmarnock from a burning car following an accident. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

“I’m eternally grateful to both of them,” he said. “Most people wouldn’t even stand next to a burning car. They don’t get enough credit for what they do.”

Gaskins had pulled into Dug In Farms on May 25 when he had a seizure and “punched the gas.” His trip to the farm stand to simply buy some strawberries turned into a life-threatening event.

“I put my foot to the floor and floorboarded it. The next thing I know, I’m coming to with the deputy banging on the window,” said Gaskins.

According to Deputy Sibley, he had just passed Fleets Bay Road around noon that Saturday when he got the call to….

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