A 28-year-old woman in North Carolina named Brandy Guin was in a head-on collision last Monday, about 40 miles west of Charlotte. Then her car caught fire. And she was struggling to get out because her ankle was broken. But luckily the guy who was driving behind her saw it happen, and immediately jumped in to help.
Staff Sergeant Cory Hinkle was on his way home from his National Guard base in Charlotte. He’s been in combat in Iraq, so he’s used to high-stress situations. He and another guy pulled Brandy out, and got her to the side of the road. But then apparently the heat from the fire caused the shocks on her car to basically start EXPLODING. And pieces of metal started flying everywhere.
But none of them hit Brandy, because Cory used his own body to SHIELD her from it. And he told her she’d be okay, because if it was going to hit her, it would have to go through HIM first.
One piece of shrapnel got him in the ankle. But his army boot stopped it, so he just ended up with some swelling and a bad bruise. Other than her broken ankle, Brandy’s doing fine.