MUSKEGON, Mich. — A Walkerville man has been awarded for pulling an unconscious woman from her burning car several months ago.

The Muskegon Chronicle ( ) reported that Rueben Quinton received a lifesaving award Monday at the Muskegon Township board meeting. He also spoke with Lakewood Club resident Laurel Sanchez, the woman he pulled from the wreckage, for the first time since the accident. Sanchez gifted her hero a fire extinguisher and the two exchanged hugs and laughs during their reunion.

“I was just very glad to meet him,” Sanchez said. “I’m very grateful that he stopped and saved my life.”

Quinton said he was driving behind Sanchez on southbound U.S. 31 near Holton Road the morning of May 19 when debris from a truck slammed into Sanchez’s car, which spun out. Her vehicle tumbled down an embankment and into a tree.

Quinton got Sanchez out of the car and up the embankment as flames gathered above the windshield and smoke filled the passenger cabin. After several other people stopped to help Quinton attend to Sanchez he went back to the wreck with a fire extinguisher and watered down the flames until firefighters reached the scene.

“We had several people driving by this, yet nobody stopped,” said Dave Glotzbach, Muskegon Township Fire Chief. “She was unconscious, the car was on fire — the worst case scenario is she could’ve perished.”

Quinton said he’ll cherish the lifesaving award plaque for a long time.

“This plaque means the world to me,” Quinton said. “The sentiment is more valuable than anything.”

Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle,