A central New York hero is being honored for saving a woman's life from a burning car.

Jason Ploss of Herkimer County, put his life on the line to save Melissa Knudsen of Yorkville after she drove off State Route 5S, hit a mailbox, flipped several times and became trapped in her vehicle.

Ploss, who lives nearby, heard the crash and ran over to the scene. He physically forced the door open and pulled Knudsen to safety, moments before the vehicle burst into flames.

Major Philip T. Rougeux, Troop D Commander presented Jason Ploss with a New York State Police Certificate of Recognition for his lifesaving efforts on September 9, 2018. "If not for the heroic actions of Mr. Ploss, the female driver would have likely perished in the fire."

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