Two brothers who are Milwaukee firefighters were off-duty when their wives called them to the scene of a burning SUV that had a woman and her two young children trapped inside.

Joel and John Rechlitz were among the crowd who worked to rescue the family Sunday afternoon. The 32-year-old woman from Tennessee was driving the SUV when it hit a tree and burst into flames, police said. Videotape of the rescue shows a group surrounding the flipped, burning vehicle. Two men used pipes to break the windshield. The crowd then pulled out the woman and her 2-year-old daughter.

The woman's 4-year-old son was still trapped. The Rechlitz brothers took turns reaching for the boy through the windshield, but were unsuccessful at first. John Rechlitz reached in again but couldn't find the seat belt release; someone gave him a knife to cut the car seat's restraints. The 4-year-old boy had burns on 30% of his body. It could have been much worse if he had not been rescued at the point that he was.
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