What could have been the very last moments of Nancy Decker’s life were caught on tape in dramatic video of her car ablaze.
The Texas mother and grandmother was driving through a toll both outside of Houston two weeks ago when she lost control of her car, causing it to crash, flip over and catch on fire.
As Decker remained trapped inside her car and strangers stood by helpless, one eyewitness took action. A man can be seen in the video jumping on top of the car, smashing through the window and pulling Decker to safety.
Decker survived with only a broken heel but was unable to thank the man who saved her because he left the scene just as quickly as he’d come to her aid.
“He’s my guardian angel, he really is,” Decker told local ABC affiliate KTRK-TV. “I have a hero, but God put him there.”
KTRK found the man who came to Decker’s aid that June 1 morning. He said he was just in the right place at the right time.
“Everything just clicked in my mind,” Mitchell Corbin told the station. “I figured out there was a big problem going on and took the steps to fix it.”
Corbin, a staff sergeant in the 147th Reconnaissance Wing of the Texas Air National Guard, was on his way to the airport that day when he saw the crash. “I saw a lady frantically screaming, ‘She’s still in there, she’s still in there,’” he said.
His military background – he teaches emergency response to National Guard members – gave him both the skills and humility to sweep to Decker’s aid. “I was just happy that everything turned out all right and everyone was safe,” Corbin said.
Decker, now at home recovering from her injuries, is happy too and hopes to one day meet Corbin to thank him in person.
“I’d just love to sit and visit with him,” she said. “He didn’t give up and I’m very thankful.”