Good Samaritan pulls man from fiery crash
Matthew Beebe says he was compelled to turn around and help when he saw smoke rising from the crash.
I was depressed on the way home, Matthew Beebe says. It started as a bad day. He was searching for his son, who he lost contact with years ago. Having no luck, he says. He started driving home when he saw smoke. I knew I had to turn around. Why, Um, I was compelled to just from something within my heart. The sheriff's office says 39 year old Jeremiah McDonald of Montague was stuck inside this crash car here, a man from inside screaming for help. I can't move, Beebe says. He ran towards the voice smoke and flames nearly engulfing the vehicle, making it hard to see. Flames were coming out from the engine. Flames were underneath the vehicle, Beebe says. The man was on the phone with the dispatcher, but he knew there was no time to wait, Phoebe says he reached in and pulled him out through a window. He was in so much pain, but I had no choice but to move him. So at that point in time, I just kept on dragging three feet and rest, and I drag him three more feet, getting him away from the flaming car that minutes later exploded 456 feet above the vehicle. Flames were coming out, and that's when, like the gas tank started exploding. She's like You saved my life. You saved my life and I was just grateful to be given the opportunity. A man who used to run from police now being recognized as a hero by law enforcement, BB admits he's made bad decisions in the past. But this time he made the right one, something he feels a greater power played a role in. He just put me in a position to I give my life purpose, and that's what I was able to do by saving a man's life.