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Published November 04, 2012, 08:08 PM

Two brothers receive honors for saving the lives of the people in a fiery crash

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- Two teenagers are about to receive well-deserved high honors from Clay County.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- Two teenagers are about to receive well-deserved high honors from Clay County.

The boy's actions showed maturity beyond their ages, as they ran into a fiery crash scene and saved the lives of the people involved.

October 9th started like any other evening at the Janousek home. But that was interrupted by a loud crash coming from the highway behind the house.

Colton: "Both of us ran over there to go see if anyone was hurt and there was a lady screaming for help."

25-year-old Brianna Pallotta, who told police she had been drinking that night, collided with Noland and Doris Underlee, from Hendrum.

Pallotta's car was in flames, and she was trapped inside.

With no one around to help, 17-year-old Colton and his brother Cameron sprang into action.

Cameron and a neighbor rushed to the burning car, while Colton helped the injured couple.

Colton: "When I went over there to help pick him up he had a broken leg."

Once they were safe, Colton went to check on his brother and neighbor's progress.

Cameron: "You could tell she was burning her legs because she was frantically screaming."

Clay County Deputies showed up, and helped pull Pallotta to safety.

Cameron: "It had to have been no more than a minute, we looked back and the whole vehicle was engulfed in flames. So, it was very close, very lucky that we got her out when we did."

The danger of the situation was apparent. But Colton says he is glad they made the choice to save a life.

Colton: "If you had to sit there and watch her burn to death that would be just terrible. So, it was a lot easier sleeping that night."

The teenager's neighbor Tom Pink, and two deputies will also receive honors at a ceremony on Tuesday.

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