Jeremy Price, a tow truck driver in Huntsville, was working the late shift, wishing the call was closer to his home when he saw another accident — an airborne vehicle flipping through the roadway before landing on the passenger side door.
The engine immediately caught on fire, engulfing the cabin in flames. Jeremy jumped out and rushed to the scene.
“When I saw flames coming from the engine, I knew there was no time to spare,” Jeremy said.
The driver, a man in his 20s, was stuck between the seat and the center console. Jeremy broke through the back window to get in and free him.
“The driver was very disoriented, making the job even more difficult,” Jeremy said. “The clock was ticking in my head, and as the flames grew, I knew time was running out.”
It took less than a minute to free the driver and pull him through the back window to safety.
According to Jeremy’s Facebook page, he’s a race car driver in his spare time, so he knows a thing or two about crashes.
“I couldn’t just stand there and watch someone burn up,” Jeremy said when asked what was going through his head. “I was just trying to do something I’d want someone to do for me if I was in a burning car.”
Although he originally wanted his call that night to be closer to home, he believes God put him at the right place and time to save that man’s life.
“Before I left that night, I told my girlfriend — I said, here lately, I’ve been getting all these calls that’s way out, but after everything that happened I said I won’t complain about that anymore because I said God used me that night and put me there to do my job,” Jeremy said.
Jeremy’s employer, Woody Anderson Ford, will recognize him for his valor in the upcoming weeks.