- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Call him the Super Samaritan. Minnesota Air National Guardsman Robert Renning saved a man from a burning vehicle by bending a car door in half.

“I could see the flames coming out from underneath the car on the way back,” Mr. Renning said of his decision to turn around and help a car crash victim, a local CBS affiliate reported Monday.


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Mr. Renning pulled his car alongside Michael Johannes‘ crashed SUV Sunday night and tried to rescue the man. Unfortunately, the cars doors wouldn’t budge and the inside was filled with smoke. His solution, which he attributed to adrenaline, was to bend the passenger-side door until its windows shattered and then pull Mr. Johannes out.

“He did an extraordinary deed, bending a locked car door in half of a burning car to extricate a trapped person,” said State Trooper Zachary Hill, who responded to the scene, the local station reported. “I feel this man deserves any and all commendation for his extraordinary life-saving measure that kept another from burning alive.”


The State Patrol will be nominating Mr. Renning for a Good Samaritan award, the station reported.

“I didn’t do anything anyone else wouldn’t have done at the time. It was all timing,” Mr. Renning added.