Search for a hero: Cherry Hill native searches for off-duty EMT who helped in 2001 crash

A Cherry Hill native is hoping that the power of social media can connect her with the man she says saved her life almost 20 years ago.

News 12 Staff

Apr 27, 2021, 10:39 PM

Updated 1,128 days ago

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A Cherry Hill native is hoping that the power of social media can connect her with the man she says saved her life almost 20 years ago.
Beth Mazgajewski says that her life changed forever in September 2001 on Haddonfield-Berlin Road in Cherry Hill.
“I was leaving the bank and trying to pull out of the parking lot and I had to make a left turn across two lanes of traffic and the person in the first lane waved me on and so I assumed that the second lane was clear and it was not,” Mazgajewski says. “I got it hit on my driver's side.”
It is who stopped to help that has kept Mazgajewski wondering for all these years.
“I just remember like right after the impact being in a lot of pain and I’m guessing it was from the ribs and moving around a lot. Which I’m guessing is when I punctured my lung and then this man just pried open the door and said, ‘I’m an off-duty EMT’ and he just held me still and said, ‘You need to calm down,'” Mazgajewski says.
Mazgajewski had more than 30 fractures on her left side, including her ribs, shoulder, hip, pelvis and tailbone. Her recovery took months.
Despite being told that she may not be able to walk down the aisle at her wedding, she did. And now she wants to thank that off-duty EMT.
“Honestly, I think that if he hadn’t been there, I don’t know that I would be here today,” Mazgajewski says.
Mazgajewski posted in a Cherry Hill Facebook group hoping that someone might connect her with that man. She says that she wants to thank him.
“It’s just strange that here is the stranger that I had this passing interaction with that lasted I don’t even know how long - maybe 10 minutes – and 20 years later this is somebody that I still think about because it’s been such a big impact,” she says.
Mazgajewski says that she reached out to the local EMS company, but was told that because of how long ago the crash was, the records are now gone.


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