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Soldier Puts His Life At Risk To Save Woman When Her Car Catches On Fire

North Carolina National Guard

A soldier just proved what it is to be brave, when he risked his life to save a woman who had been in a car accident. After witnessing an enormous crash in front of him, Staff Sergeant Cory Hinkle said that he "didn't think twice" and took off running towards the cars.

Most people would get out of the way of two vehicles that were sending up plumes of smoke, but Hinkle knew he had to step in.

The head-on collision took place near the airport, when one car went over the center line and hit another. After watching this terrifying accident, he realized that the woman who had been hit was having issues getting out of the car. Even though there was gasoline pouring all over the street, Hinkle rushed in because he knew he had to.

After reaching the woman, Hinkle realized that her ankle was broken which was why she couldn't get out on her own. Together Hinkle and his friend Brandon Foster got the woman out of her vehicle and placed her on the grass.

Just as they put her down, the car burst into flames. Hinkle realized that pieces of metal might go flying, and so he put himself in harms way to protect her. “I’ve been in the military for 15 years. It’s instinct for me,” he said. “I made the decision right then that if something came off the car, it’d have to go through me first.”

Luckily, while debris went flying, he ended up with only a bruised ankle. Finally having a moment he was able to learn her name was Brandy Guin who was on her way to pick up her children. She was brought to the hospital for a broken ankle and a fracture in her face, and her husband asked Hinkle if he would come visit her.  

“It was very emotional. He and I were crying, and my whole family was,” Guin said.

Hinkle says that his wife was happy that he was able to save the woman. He said "she has been with me the entire 15 years I’ve been in the military and said she wouldn’t expect anything less out of me. She said that’s one of the reasons she married me."

The other drive was charged for the accident but Guin is just relieved that Hinkle was there to save her. “It takes a lot for a person to lay down their body and protect someone they’ve never met. There’s not a lot of people out there like him,” Guin said. “Those soldiers know how to step up.”

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