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Business owner rescues woman

| Friday, May 4, 2012, 6:42 a.m.

Lugging cases of beer on a daily basis might have been just the right workout for a North Huntingdon Township businessman who freed a woman Wednesday trapped under a large boulder.

J.R. Danielson was working at his beer distributorship, Bulldogs Beer Distributing on Route 30, when he noticed the owner of the nearby Dasein Tattoo shop, Evi Currie, leaving for the day. According to Danielson, soon after Currie pulled her vehicle behind the building to check her mailbox, he heard a loud bang, followed by cries for help.

Danielson went outside, where he said he discovered Currie pinned under a large landscaping rock that he estimated weighed between 250 and 300 pounds.

"She was on the ground, with a large rock on her thigh...from the hip to the knee," Danielson said. "I flipped it off her. I just grabbed it, and flipped it off her."

Moving the hefty rock was not difficult, Danielson said.

"I own a beer distributor," Danielson said. "I sling beer all day."

Mark Gibas, Hartford Heights assistant fire chief, said firefighters arrived to find the woman already had been freed by Danielson. Her truck had come to a stop a short distance away.

Gibas said it appeared the woman was attempting to check a mailbox on Route 30 at Ken Way when she somehow was knocked over by her own vehicle.

A large landscaping boulder located on a nearby hillside was then apparently dislodged as the truck rolled away from the woman, Gibas said.

The woman was flown by medical helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, where she was listed in stable condition last night.

Township police investigated. A report was not available last night.

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