Woman Rescued by Deputy, Good Samaritan

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A good Samaritan and courageous Grimes County deputy are being credited with saving the life of a young woman trapped inside her burning car.

Deputy Nikki Sandoval was on patrol in Navasota Friday when she spotted flames shooting out of a Jeep Cherokee that was parked in an open field between Ergogenesis and Wal Mart. Upon closer inspection, Sandoval saw two legs sticking out of the driver's side window. Sandoval attempted to drag the woman to safety, but was overcome by the flames.

About that time, Houston Chronicle delivery man Larry Farmer saw what was happening and took immediate action. Working together, Farmer and Sandoval were able to pull Ashley Porter, 20, from the inferno.

Porter was taken to the College Station Medical Center where she spent two days in intensive care. As of Tuesday, she's been moved to a regular room in stable condition.

Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell commended Sandoval and Farmer for their bravery and said both will be recognized at an upcoming Commissioners Court meeting.