Brother Charles D. McHenry

Bro. Charles D. McHenry, became a Master Mason in Doylestown Lodge No. 245 on December 2, 2006. One morning while Brother McHenry was driving to work, he observed a car which had left the road and hit a tree. Upon approaching the scene, he assessed the driver, Arlene Barag, for serious injury. He determined she was trapped as her feet were pinned by the crumpled vehicle's interior and was unable to exit the car. Determining that there were no immediate life-threatening injuries, he swiftly moved his attention to the fire. He attempted to extinguish the growing fire, but there were no effective means available. With the fire now inside the passenger compartment, he used a pocketknife to cut the seat belt from her neck and forcefully extricated her from the vehicle after several attempts. Seconds later, the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames. He then carried her to his vehicle until medical help arrived. There was another individual, name unknown, who helped Brother McHenry. Also, a woman stopped her car to call 911 for assistance.

Had it not been for the quick response by Brother McHenry, the outcome might have been far more tragic. He acted without regard for his own well being. It is due to his heroic efforts that she is alive today.

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