Camp Lejeune Marine rescues couple from burning car in NC

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A Camp Lejeune Marine is being credited with rescuing a couple from a burning car in North Carolina.

Sgt. Ian Rivera rescued the couple last week after he drove by a four-vehicle wreck outside Roanoke Rapids, according to the Marines.

Rivera was reportedly headed north to spend Thanksgiving with his family in Virginia when he stumbled upon the wreck.

“I jumped out onto the shoulder of the left side of the road and ran to them. I wanted to make sure they were okay,” said Rivera, a native of Virginia Beach.

The Marine rescued the couple from the burning car and stayed with them until authorities arrived, according to the report. At least one of the victims was apparently trapped in the vehicle.

“It was a matter of being in the right place at the right time,” Rivera said. “It’s what I was supposed to do.”