Two cousins from Cortland were honored by the Howland Fire Department for their service to the community after aiding an elderly woman whose car broke down and subsequently lit the ground on fire.
"I knew I was in good hands when I saw these two angels coming towards me," said Marian Izak, 89, of Austintown.
On June 8, Marcella Tolnar and Jeanine Spangler were driving down state Route 46 when they noticed Izak in distress.
Her car had gotten stuck in the mud off the side of the roadway when she tried to turn around.
The spinning tires caused enough heat to ignite hay that had been laid out for freshly planted grass seed.
The women pulled over and helped Izak out of the car and then waited across the street for the fire department to arrive. Firefighters came from both Howland and Bazetta and extinguish the fire. The car was a total loss.
"The whole front is melted. It's totaled, had to go to the junkyard," said John Cisine, Izak's nephew, who drove her to the award presentation June 26 during the Howland trustees' regular meeting.
Howland Fire Chief James Pantalone and Bazetta Fire Chief Dennis Lewis presented awards of appreciation for the women's willingness to act.
"The ironic thing is they just left a CPR class at our station," Pantalone said.
The two women said they were actually discussing their First Aid and CPR training course when they stopped to help Izak.
"In this day and age people don't always want to stop and help someone out," Pantalone said.
He started the award program about two years ago when he became fire chief.