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Man rescues driver from burning car

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NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. -

A Minnesota man is grateful to be alive after a stranger pulled him out of a burning SUV.

Mike Johannes' Chevy Trailblazer caught fire Monday while he was driving. He pulled over only to find the fire had disabled his locks, trapping him inside. He tried kicking the windows out because smoke had begun to fill the inside of the car, but he couldn't break the glass. Then someone cracked the glass from the outside and reached their hand in to help.

"He bent the door with his bare hands," said Johannes. "It was no tool. He went (crack). It shattered the glass and they were able to pull me out."

"I don't think I did anything different anyone else would have done had they gotten into the car ahead of me," said Bob Renning, the man who rescued Johannes. "That' just my take."

Renning is familiar with rescues. He's a first sergeant with the Air National Guard. He stressed, though, that it wasn't his necessarily his military training that kicked in Monday - it was his heart.

For Johannes and his wife Lisa, that moment of super-human strength was the second miracle of their life.

"My daughter was very ill when she was born. I don't know how we get so lucky twice," said Lisa Johannes.


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