Boise & Garden City

Kuna man rescues strangers from burning car, is honored by Boise and state law enforcement

On Feb. 5, Quinn Black watched a crash happen on westbound I-84 near Five Mile Road in Boise.

A car driven by Iris Whittaker of Kuna had been hit, causing her to lose control. The car hit a cement barrier, sparking a fire in its engine compartment.

Black, a Cable One employee who also lives in Kuna, pulled over in front of Whittaker’s car. Black retrieved a fire extinguisher from his truck and extinguished the flames. He then helped get Whittaker’s two children, 16-month-old Jack and Luke, 3, from their car seats. He put them in his truck to keep them safe until emergency responders could arrive.

As Black and Whittaker waited, the fire in the engine compartment started again. Black put it out again and stayed on the scene until police arrived.

In the end, no one was seriously hurt.

Tuesday night, in front of the Boise City Council, Boise Police and Idaho State Police awarded Black a Certificate of Appreciation “for his compassion for those in distress and for his willingness to take action to protect the safety of others,” according to a Boise Police news release.

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