Angela Nichols wasn't on duty for her job as an EMT in Atlantic City the morning she came upon a two-car crash with one vehicle engulfed in flames. But that didn't stop her from jumping out and saving the life of a woman trapped inside.

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Nichols was given a commendation for bravery by Atlantic City Police Deputy Chief Bridget Pierce Tuesday for saving the woman's life.

She was on her way to work at Exceptional Medical Transportation on July 2 when she saw the crash in the 700 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

According to the commendation ...

You disregarded your own safety and jumped into action. Your quick thinking ultimately saved the driver from death or serious injury.You are to be commended for your dedication to duty and to the residents and visitors of the city of Atlantic City.

The commendation tells how Nichols first tried unsuccessfully to break the car window, then retrieved a window-breaking tool to smash the glass, removed the unconscious woman inside and gave her medical assistance until backup arrived.

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