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Firefighter: Seat belt saved my life in Nash wreck

Posted on February 22, 2021

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Volunteer firefighter Adam Massey is shown with his N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program “Saved by the Belt” certificate beside a picture of his damaged Dodge Charger following a Sept. 21 crash outside Middlesex.

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Volunteer firefighter Adam Massey is shown with his N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program “Saved by the Belt” certificate beside a picture of his damaged Dodge Charger following a Sept. 21 crash outside Middlesex.

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A local volunteer firefighter says he survived a car-destroying crash because he wore his seat belt. 

“The seat belt is my personal hero; it saved my life,” southern Nash County resident Adam Massey wrote in a briefing to the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

Massey wrote that he was driving his Dodge Charger to a fire call on Sept. 21 when a pickup truck crossed a double-yellow line and tried to pass him near the intersection of Rocky Cross and Burgess roads north of Middlesex in rural Nash County. 

“I never made the fire call. The pickup struck my driver side, the door smashed in on me, the air bags deployed and my car did a 360 spin,” Massey wrote. “Amazingly, I escaped with minimal injuries, and I know it was simply because of a two-second decision. I was literally ‘Saved by the Belt.’” 

First responders see the injuries resulting from drivers’ failure to wear seat belts on a frequent basis. 

“Firefighters around the state are often first on the scene of a crash where an adult or child was tossed about a vehicle, and even out of it, because they weren’t wearing their seat belt or properly restrained,” said North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs director Chief Wesley Hutchins. “We can respond to an emergency call wherever you live across all 100 counties; but we can’t protect you when the crash happens — only a seat belt can do that. All riders must to do is wear it.” 

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program gathers stories like Massey’s “Saved by the Belt” broadside collision to help raise awareness of actions that can prevent nearly half of traffic fatalities, program spokeswoman Miracle King said in a news release. 

For sharing his story, the NCGHSP’s director presented Massey a “Saved by the Belt” certificate. 

“Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a vehicle, reducing your odds of dying if you get in a crash by almost 50%,” said NCGHSP Director Mark Ezzell.

Organizers invite people whose seat belt use helped them escape serious injury or death to share their stories on Facebook or Instagram with a picture and tag @NCGHSP for recognition or visit www.ncghsp.org and look for “Click It or Ticket.”     

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