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Three men honored for saving lives in fiery November wreck

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John Colbert, Keith Duvall, and Bill Renfro after receiving their awards Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. John Colbert, Keith Duvall, and Bill Renfro after receiving their awards Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- They saved three people's lives after a fiery wreck in November and three men were honored Tuesday night for their bravery. 

Sunday, Nov. 8, was a normal morning for the men, until they saw a car crash into the woods off the Gene Snyder freeway.

"They just kept going straight out and hit the woods," John Colbert said. 

"We stopped. He was right behind us. We jumped out and ran over there. Keith Duvall added. 

"They pulled over behind me and we just took off running," said Colbert. 

By the time Keith Duvall, John Colbert and Bill Renfro got to the car, it was already on fire. 

"We didn't know the car was upside down until we got into the woods," Renfro said. 

"It happened so quick we basically reached down and pulled people out," Duvall said. "John was grabbing them. He was grabbing them."

The trio pulled two of the three people out of the car, but then the worst happened. 

"Somebody inside said there's gas everywhere, then that last guy caught fire and we pulled him out," Colbert explained. 

The car burst into a bigger flame at the last kid we went to pull out. They ignored the flames and pulled the last person out of the car. He's still in the hospital recovering, but they likely saved his life.

"You've never heard someone scream until you've heard someone on fire. I'll tell you that," Duvall said. 

On Tuesday, all three received the civilian award of valor from the Highview Fire Department. They risked their lives to save another.

All that remains now at the wreck site are a few car parts and charred ground. But for the three men who made that rescue that morning, they'll never forget.

"People were hurt," Colbert said. "We just did what we should, you know. Helped them out.. 

"We weren't really looking at the flame," said Renfro. "We were looking at the people in the car."

"We didn't do it for this," Duvall said. "These were kids."

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