Standish men commended for rescue efforts after two-car accident

One driver arrested for OWI, fleeing the scene

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Two men from Standish will be honored at a press conference for their efforts to rescue two women from an overturned burning car Friday night.

STANDISH TWP. — Two men from the Standish area will be honored for their efforts in extracting two women from an overturned, burning car that was involved in a two-car accident late Friday night.

According to Arenac County Undersheriff Donald McIntyre, Justin Maziarz and Bradley Boudrie Jr. of Standish were in the Saganing Sagamok Shell around 11:18 p.m. Aug. 22 when they witnessed an accident at the intersection of Worth Road and M-13.

“A couple of individuals who were in the store came out,” he said. “The northbound vehicle was upside-down and they got two females out as the car started on fire. Soon after the ladies were helped out of the car, it was fully engulfed in flames.”

Diane Sims-Kus, 61, and Bernice Harkins, 65, of Alpena were traveling northbound on M-13 when a vehicle driven westbound on Worth Road by Justin Hardenburg of Midland allegedly ran a stop sign and collided with their vehicle.

McIntyre said Hardenburg, 33, allegedly fled the scene of the incident, and was later located in northern Bay County. He was arrested for operating while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and fleeing the scene of an injury accident, McIntyre said.

Sims-Kus and Harkins were transported to St. Mary’s of Michigan Standish Hospital via MMR with non-life-threatening injuries, McIntyre said.

A press conference to honor Maziarz and Boudrie Jr., is being scheduled, McIntyre said.

“Their quick actions saved the lives of those two ladies,” he said.

The sheriff’s department was assisted at the scene by MMR, the Saginaw-Chippewa Tribal Police and the Standish Area Fire Authority.


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