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NEWPORT, R.I. – Seven U.S. Navy Reservists on duty at the Naval War College became instant heroes Thursday when they rescued a driver who had flipped his car and landed upside down in a ditch.
 
The Reservists, who are serving on the War College staff for the 2011 International Seapower Symposium, were driving on I-495 to Wrentham, Mass. a little after 10 AM Thursday when they witnessed the driver attempt to merge onto the highway. The driver then lost control of his car in the rain-soaked gravel, spun around, flipped, and careened off the road. The car landed upside down in a nearby ditch.
 
Ens. Chelsea Smit , a Public Affairs Officer, called 911, while HT1 Ernest Harlin and MA3 Leonard Gallegos pulled the man from the smoking car, turned off the ignition, and pulled him to safety.
Two nurses, LCDR Andrea Franks and LCDR Lynn Davidson, tended to the victim, who appeared to suffer minor injuries, as they awaited rescue personnel.
 
Those involved in the rescue were:
 
LCDR Andrea Franks of Groton, CT
LCDR Lynn Davidson of Jacksonville, FL
LCDR Laura Reeves of NAS Whidbey Island, WA ENS Chelsea Smit of Lowell, MI ENS Yvonne Zirrith of Piscataway, NJ
HT1 Ernest Harlin of Nashville, TN
MA3 Leonard Gallegos of Reno, NV
Kelly Williamson, civilian (retired enlisted sailor) of Newport

Written by Lt. John Ripley