A Ballston Spa man, who is also a former Siena College soccer goalie, shot the golf round of his life Friday — then made the save of his career.
Adam Myers and another unidentified man pulled a third man from a burning vehicle Friday near Barney Road Golf Course in Clifton Park.
After shooting a personal best 39 for nine holes, Myers left the course around 8:15 p.m. when he saw a car dart through the parking lot, down a hill and into a nearby pond. The vehicle was on fire.
An athlete’s instincts took over, according to the 2010 Ballston Spa High School graduate.
“I’ve changed tires before. I’ve pushed people out of the road,” Myers said. “But when I saw the car burst into flames, all I thought I could think of was sprinting as fast as I can to that car.
“Part of it is being a soccer goalie; everything is reflexes,” he added.
By the time he got to the vehicle it was engulfed in flames. “The whole cabin was on fire,” Myers said. He and the other Good Samaritan pulled the driver to safety from the car stuck in a marsh, suffering minor burns in the process.
“The flames were just crazy,” said Myers, who spotted gas cans in the backseat. “We dragged him out, and he was on fire. I put the fire out. I threw mud all over his face.”
Myers, who attained a 4.0 GPA in his last semester and graduated summa cum laude in May, will study for a master’s degree in accounting at Siena starting in a few weeks. He said that over the past several days he’s mulled the variables that went into the rescue: Had he been a minute earlier, he might have been hit by the car. Had he been a minute later, he might not have seen it drive into the marsh.
“Everything happens for a reason,” he said. “We were meant to be there.”
The victim, described as a man in his mid-50s, was last reported to be in critical condition. The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office is not releasing further information other than the incident remains under investigation.