In our day-to-day lives, most people don’t regularly come face to face with a life-or-death situation.
We wonder if we would fold under pressure or if we would rise to the occasion, cheating death like some kind of superhero who emerges just in time and then disappears as soon as the danger subsides.
Oftentimes, we won’t experience just how capable we are until the pressure is on.
When catastrophe hits, a new strength emerges that enables us common folk to take hold of courage and find a way to escape a deadly situation.
We don’t know what was going through a 51-year-old Michigan man’s head when he spotted a vehicle in flames along the highway.
But he chose to stop and investigate — and ended up saving a woman’s life.
According to MLive, Michigan State police officers had been dispatched to the scene on Nov. 10, but were frustrated by slippery road conditions that slowed their travel.
Meanwhile, a 24-year-old woman from St. Louis was hopelessly trapped inside her flaming vehicle.
The good Samaritan who stopped knew that time was ticking, and he frantically searched for a way to rescue the woman.
Using a crowbar, the man smashed through the car window. He was firmly in harm’s way, with flames engulfing the vehicle’s engine, but he stood his ground and helped pull the woman out of the car.
Police say the woman may have died had it not been for the good Samaritan. Instead, she was taken to a local hospital with only minor injuries.
In the wake of the accident, police are urging drivers to use caution as they navigate winter driving conditions this season.
“Drivers around the state have been adjusting over the past week to the onset of our winter driving season,” a news release read, MLive reported.
Police reminded drivers that choosing slower speeds and keeping greater distances between vehicles will increase safety on slick and icy roads.
“We urge all drivers to slow down, and to allow for greater stopping distance when driving on roads that have any potential for slippery conditions,” the news release continued. “Please be careful out there.”
The name of the good Samaritan has not been released, but he is being praised for choosing courage and bravery in the face of danger.
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