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Man Bends Car Door to Rescue Driver Trapped Inside Vehicle on Fire

By    |   Monday, 30 Jun 2014 06:15 PM

A Minnesota man bent the top of a car door on the interstate after he stopped to help a man who couldn’t get out of the car that was on fire and filled with smoke.

Bob Renning, 52, of Woodbury, Minnesota, told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press he was driving down the road when he saw flames in a car traveling behind him. Thinking the driver didn’t know the vehicle was on fire, he slowed down and ended up pulling over at the same time the burning car did.

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Renning said he told his girlfriend to call 911 and ran toward the car, where he could hear the driver, later identified as Michael Johannes of Minneapolis pounding on the passenger door and windows, trying to get out.

"I could hear him," Renning told the Press. "He was kicking and beating the window trying to break it open from the inside. I knew I didn't have a lot of time."

So Renning did what most people probably couldn't — he grabbed the top of the doorframe and bent it back, according to the Minnesota State Patrol’s Facebook account of the incident.

“Renning ran to the car and — with his bare hands — bent the locked door in half from the top down. The glass shattered and Renning reached in and pulled Johannes to safety,” the Facebook page said.

“He did an extraordinary deed, bending a locked car door in half of a burning car to extricate a trapped person,” Minnesota State Patrol officer Zachary Hill said on the organization’s Facebook page. “I feel this man deserves any and all commendation for his extraordinary life-saving measure that kept another from burning alive.”

Renning is a member of the Air National Guard, and he told the newspaper he had "no clue" how he was able to do what he did.

"I'm sure it was pure adrenaline," he said.

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