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Trio honored for rescuing woman from burning truck

Three fishermen who rescued a 19-year-old woman trapped in her burning pickup in October were honored Wednesday morning for their heroism by the California Highway Patrol.

Michael Goodwin of Merced, and Ryan Crevolin and Wade Chapman, both of Madera, were feted by CHP Capt. Steve Badilla and a representative of Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced, for their help in pulling Amanda De Rosa from her demolished Toyota in the Oct. 14 single-vehicle accident on Snelling Road south of Robinson Road. They also received a congratulatory proclamation from the Merced County Board of Supervisors.

De Rosa, a freshman at Columbia Junior College, called Chapman, Crevolin and Goodwin "my three angels" and said she owes them everything. Walking on crutches as the two broken bones in her lower right leg heal, De Rosa remembers little of the 1:15 p.m. crash when her northbound truck went off the road, down an embankment and overturned. The three men were southbound, returning home from a fishing trip, when De Rosa barely missed hitting their truck. Chapman used a knife to cut De Rosa free from the safety belt trapping her in the crumpled cab. The pickup was engulfed in flames moments after she was pulled from the flattened truck.