BELFAST — Tryston Poulin pulled a driver from a burning vehicle that had crashed in Burnham around midnight Aug. 6. To recognize Poulin’s efforts, Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton presented a life-saving achievement to the Burnham resident.

In a post on the Waldo County Sheriff’s Facebook page, Sgt. Nick Oettinger wrote that Poulin was inside a Burnham home and heard the sound of a loud crash. “He ran outside in his socks and observed a crashed vehicle that was on fire,” Oettinger wrote. “The driver was unconscious and he attempted to remove the driver from the passenger side but was unable to.”

Poulin ran to the driver’s side, got the door open, pulled the driver from the vehicle and dragged “them to safety away from the burning car,” the sergeant wrote. “Shortly thereafter, the car was completely engulfed in flames.”

Oettinger said, “There is no doubt that Tryston’s quick response and actions saved the driver’s life that night. We applaud his willingness to take action and by doing so saving a life. Tryston can take pride in knowing the driver is living today because of him.”

Sheriff’s Deputy Lewis Dyer investigated the crash.