A husband and wife are being called heroes after rescuing a woman from inside her burning vehicle this week in Waller, Texas.
Firefighter Michael Mathes said he was pulling into his driveway when he heard a loud boom come from down the road. The off-duty fireman looked behind him and saw a wrecked car sitting in a ditch with a woman inside it.
Mathes sprang into action and drove back toward the scene. By the time he arrived, the vehicle had caught on fire. “The flames were already starting to come over the windshield of the car so (I) didn’t have much time to think about anything than to get her out,” said Mathes, who is also a veteran. “I’m telling you … that car, it went up quick,” he stated.
His wife, who is also a firefighter, saw what was happening and rushed to help her husband save the woman’s life. As the flames grew, Mathes put his arms around the unconscious driver in an attempt to get her out before it was too late. “I had to, like, move her, get the seat belt undone and try to do both before the flames got both of us,” he recalled.