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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Transportation Safety Coalition recognized two people for their heroic, selfless actions that helped save lives.

Private First Class Lisa Bryant was given a Special Achievement Award for her quick actions in coming to the aid of a driver who crashed in front of her and was ejected from his car, suffering serious injuries.  PFC Bryant is a medic with the Maine Army National Guard and used her training to help save the life of Larry Huff.

Huff, a volunteer driver with RTP, was driving south on Interstate 295 in Bowdoinham on August 21st when he crashed into a guardrail.  When Bryant reached him, he was no longer breathing.  She administered first aid and revived the him before he was transported by helicopter to a local hospital.  He remained in intensive care for five weeks.

"Thank god for this angel, because if she hadn't have been there, I wouldn't be standing here today," said an emotional Huff after the awards ceremony.

"This is actually the first time I have gotten to see him since then," explained Bryant.  "It is really a miracle to see him in one piece."

"I've been waiting to give her a hug and a kiss and give her my angel, cause she is a very, very special young lady," he added.

The MTSC also recognized Maine State Police Trooper Douglas Cropper for his actions to protect other motorists.  Trooper Cropper was conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 295 in Portland when an elderly driver passed him heading the wrong direction.

The trooper jumped into his vehicle, and sped through some surface streets in the city before getting back on the highway just in time to head off the driver.  Cropper used his cruiser to pull in front of the man's car and bring him to a stop before he could cause a more serious accident. 

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