A Texas woman captured national attention after she pulled a man out of a burning car.
“I was exiting the beltway,” Sheilonda Brooks, 25, told KHOU. “I’m looking in my rearview, and I’m seeing this car like zooming up.”
Brooks immediately ran to help the man after he lost control of the car and it flipped over several times. When she arrived, the car was already in flames.
“My whole mind, everything was like, 'Get this man out of this car,'" she said. "'Nothing else matters.'"
She dragged the driver out, nearly risking her own safety in the process.
“And that first pull when he was half out the car exploded,” she explained. “I was screaming. I felt like my body was on fire. The explosion literally hit me in the face.”
Paramedics later said if it weren’t for the woman’s act of courage, the man would have likely died.
Although Brooks suffered second- and third-degree burns after the rescue, she holds no regrets.
“Spiritual battle wounds," Brooks said. "That’s what I’m going to call them."
“I am just a vessel that got used at the moment and at that time, and the true hero is God," she added.
Brooks is one of many brave individuals who have risked their lives to save others involved in car accidents.
On Feb. 19, Ukrainian Ivan Pitukh tried to save a 4-year-old boy from being hit by a car, RT reports.
In the process, he ended up getting run over himself.
“I didn’t think about the consequences at that moment, I simply did the right thing," Pitukh said at the time. "There was no time to think if I would manage to save the kid or not, but leaving him was not an option. It wasn’t the driver’s fault. The boy appeared on the road unexpectedly and there was nothing he could do."
Both survived the incident without a single injury.