A paralyzed man was pulled from a burning car by a passing Good Samaritan – a selfless act he says may have saved his life.
Dennis Brown, a Dallas resident, now thanks his luck that the woman happened to drop by and said he hopes to track her down to say thank you.
After losing the ability to walk aged 22 after an encounter with a gunman, Brown survived Sunday’s ordeal unscathed – although he was unable to use his legs and a gripping video showed just how close he was to being alive to be burned.
As for the Good Samaritan, she is yet to be named, but she managed to extricate Brown from the burning wreckage, selflessly exposing herself to danger — though the car could have burst into flames at any time.
In his speech on Tuesday, Brown, who has since survived two near-death experiences, recalled briefly reconciling himself to his fate as the flames spread and seeing his hero spring into action – before seemingly escaping without a trace.
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A paralyzed man was pulled from a burning car by a passing Good Samaritan in Dallas on Sunday – a selfless act that likely saved his life
Dennis Brown of Dallas, who was left unable to walk by a bullet at the age of 22, now thanked the woman who happened to stop by and said he hoped to track her down to say thank you
He said FOX 4: “I rented a car from Enterprise… and this particular car came with hand controls.”
“I have been in this particular car several times. It seemed like the car [about to] “Give up,” he said, adding, “Sometime on Sunday I looked up, [and] “The front end was on fire.”
Still indoors at the time, Brown recalled panicking as he struggled to quickly assemble his wheelchair.
He recalled that just as he was beginning to lose hope, the woman appeared by his side. Brown said she initially tried to assemble his wheelchair while the car was on fire, but gave up soon after realizing the seriousness of the situation.
“The car is on fire now – it’s burning now,” he told the Fox affiliate two days after the closing call.
“She’s trying to put my wheelchair together – she’s panicking.” I thought, “Oh, wow; Oh wow – that’s not going to happen,” he recalled.
Luckily, the woman was able to extricate him from the fire hazard after a long struggle, Brown said, which was filmed moments later by another passerby burned out.
It was not clear if the car ever exploded – but firefighters were filmed trying to put out the engine inferno as it raged on.
“I have been in this particular car several times. It seemed like the car [about to] “Give up,” Brown said of the ordeal, adding, “At one point I looked up, [and] the front end was on fire’
Luckily, the woman was able to extricate him from the fire hazard after a long struggle, Brown said, which was filmed moments later by another passerby burned out
Thankfully, Brown was safe at the time – and subsequently shared a Fox 4 report with the footage on social media.
Within hours, Wednesday morning, a woman who appeared to be Brown’s savior commented on the post and said she looked forward to meeting in person soon.
Less than a day earlier, Brown complained to Fox 4 that he temporarily lost contact with the woman after failing to find out her name before she returned to a home she was visiting.
The commenter on Brown’s post, according to her profile, hails from Mississippi and is a young mother of at least one child.
“So glad you are doing well and that we reconnected,” the Facebook user wrote in response to Brown’s re-sharing. “I look forward to having dinner with you and your sweet mama when I get back to Dallas.”
Meanwhile, Brown still wants to personally thank whoever was his savior – and told Fox 4 that her heroism gave him another chance at life.
Speaking to local news outlets, Brown recalled panicking as he struggled to quickly assemble his wheelchair before the woman suddenly appeared
On Tuesday, Brown lamented to Fox 4 that he temporarily lost contact with the woman after failing to find out her name before she returned to a home she had visited
“I want to recognize her for her heroic deed,” he told the broadcaster, eventually appearing with his elderly mother by his side
“I want to recognize her for her heroic deed,” he told the broadcaster, eventually appearing with his elderly mother by his side.
“She put herself in danger to save me.” Pulled me out. I would love to have the opportunity to thank her.’
His mother Julia added: “I almost lost my child in that burning car,” she said. “I can’t thank her enough.” If she hadn’t pulled him out, he would have burned in that car. She was his angel.
Brown added how grateful he was: “Life is beautiful, even sitting down.”
DailyMail.com has reached out to the poster, believed to be the Good Samaritan, and Brown for comment.