Michael Johannes should probably be dead right now. Or at the very least, he should probably be in the hospital trying to recover from a variety of different injuries. Because when his 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer went up in flames while he was driving recently and he got trapped inside of the SUV, things did not look good for him.
However, the only thing Johannes is suffering from right now is some minor smoke inhalation as well as a few bumps and bruises. And that's because when his car caught on fire on Sunday night, a Woodbury, Minn. man named Robert Renning—who is a first sergeant in the Minnesota Air National Guard—was on the scene within minutes and helped him get out of his vehicle. He actually managed to bend the passenger's side door in half while fire was shooting out of the vehicle and freed up just enough space to allow Johannes to get out of the car. Pretty crazy, right? But Renning claims he was just doing what anyone in his position would have done.
"I don't think I did anything different than anyone else would have done had they gotten into the car ahead of me," he said after saving Johannes. "That's just my take. I helped him out of the car. That's good enough."
Good enough? Dude, YOU BENT A CAR DOOR IN HALF! And while we're sure the heat from the fire helped make that possible, that's not something you can simply write off. You are a hero, whether you like it or not. And we're sure that Johannes is thankful for it.
[via USA TODAY]