On New Year’s Day, a former doctor was in the right place at the right time when he carried an injured man more than 2 miles to safety.
Dan Reardon was on a hike with his girlfriend, Dina Zaky, in Malibu, California, when they came across a family in trouble. Mark Martinez was hiking with his wife and family when he injured his leg trying to come down a cliff. His family tried to help, but he was in too much pain to move.
Reardon, a former emergency medicine physician in the U.K. and founder of a fitness training company, offered to help the man. Martinez turned down the offer, but Reardon had a feeling that he needed to do something.
"His family gave me a look expressing that he was, in fact, not OK," Reardon told The Today Show.
As there was no cellphone reception in the area, Zaky ran ahead over 2 miles to call 911. Reardon propped Martinez, who weighs around 280 pounds, over his back and followed her toward the road. Two hours later, they made it to the main road where an ambulance was waiting for them.
"I'm not going to say it was easy to carry one-and-a half-times my body weight over 2 miles, but I stayed focused and got through it," Reardon said.
"I didn't believe it until he actually picked me up and he started helping me," Martinez told KABC-TV. "There should be more people like him out in the world and I'm grateful he was there."
Reardon posted a video of the incident on Facebook, explained what happened and that Martinez ultimately had fractured his ankle and proximal fibula, and thanked his muscle-building system for helping him to increase his strength and endurance.
Nathan Skips Smith, who shared the video, said, “I always said, if anything a great motivation for fitness is being in a situation where literally you being strong and reasonably enduring could help someone or even save their life.”
Reardon will be in the Beverly Hills until the end of January while expanding his U.K.-based business. He has already visited Martinez twice at his home in Inglewood, California.
"I'm happy to have been able to bring Mark to safety," Reardon said. "The instinct of doctors is to help people and I don't like to see people struggle."