FORT DRUM — Two Fort Drum soldiers went from enjoying a cup of coffee to helping someone in desperate need on Tuesday after a fuel vehicle exploded at Tripp Fuels, 1461 County Route 22 in Fowler.

Staff Sgt. Joshua A. Hayes and Pfc. Jacob V. Lundemo, who are both with Bravo Company 287 Infantry, had stopped on the way back to Fort Drum to get some coffee and gas when they heard what Sgt. Hayes described as a sound similar to a mortar round.

‘We needed to take action’

From left: Pfc Jacob V. Lundemo, and Staff Sgt. Joshua A. Hayes with the Bravo Company 287 Infantry on Fort Drum, were some of the people that helped save a man from a burning vehicle Tuesday at Tripp’s Fuels, 1461 County Route 22. Jonathon Wheeler/Watertown Daily Times

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