Police release ID of man rescued from burning SUV

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — East Providence police have released the name of the driver who was saved from a burning SUV by an off-duty Cranston police officer near I-195.

70-year-old Richard Bready, of Providence, crashed into a guardrail on North Hull Street in East Providence Tuesday night.

Officer Brenton Medeiros pulled over, climbed down an embankment and jumped over a six-foot fence to reach the car on the dead end street before pulling the man to safety.

“I don’t consider myself a hero. I was in the right place at the right time, and anyone else I worked with would have done it. They would have stopped too, so I’m just glad I was there to help the guy. I guess it’s a cool story I can go tell later on to my kids. They probably won’t believe me but, I was just in the right place at the right time. I’m glad I was,” Medeiros told Eyewitness News Thursday.

Bready was the former president and CEO of Nortek.

He hosted a fundraising dinner for President Barack Obama at his Newport mansion last August, in which the president slammed the Republican Party for blocking American progress ahead of mid-term elections.

Providence police also investigated a burglary at Bready’s east side home last July, where a dozen watches and 20 cuff links were reportedly stolen. It was the second reported jewelry theft in the past seven years at the home.

Bready was transported after the crash to Rhode Island Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash has still not been determined.

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