A Texas man paralyzed below the waist was pulled from a burning car by a heroic woman – and then made it his mission to track down the previously unknown Good Samaritan so he could give her his due.
Dennis Brown of Dallas praised Tammi Arrington after the Mississippi resident, who was visiting a friend in the Lone Star State, jumped into action when Brown’s rental car suddenly caught fire Sunday morning.
She dragged the 58-year-old out of the car before the flames fully engulfed the ride, which was fitted with hand controls that allowed him to ride.
“I’m beginning to realize the danger I was in,” Brown told the Post on Wednesday night. “If it wasn’t for Tammi, I don’t know how I would have gotten out of there or how close I would have been to burns, or if it wasn’t for Tammi I wouldn’t be here today.”
The two were able to reconnect on Wednesday morning, days after Brown sadly forgot to ask her name immediately after the scary ordeal.
Arrington, 42, insisted to the Post on Wednesday night that she was simply in the right place at the right time when she saw the burning car.
Instead of going to Costco’s with her friend that morning, she decided to stay in the new home she’d just helped her pal move into.
When she looked out the windshield, she saw that part of the car was on fire.
She rushed outside and saw that all the doors were closed. At first she thought it was empty.
“I happened to see his head move a little way away from the headrest, and then I realized someone was there,” Arrington said.
She ran to the car, opened the door and urged Brown to flee the fire.
“She said, ‘Get out of the car,'” said Brown, who was paralyzed after the shooting at 22. “I said, ‘I can’t, I’m in a wheelchair.'”
She originally grabbed the wheelchair but soon realized she didn’t have enough time to put it together.
Arrington, just 1.70 meters tall, said she dragged Brown out and then put him in the wheelchair after it was assembled.
The two fled far from the car fire until the local fire department extinguished the flames.
Brown said in all the chaos he never learned her name.
While Brown’s family later stopped by the home she was visiting to thank Arrington, they never learned her name either.
When he tried to visit him, no one was home and Arrington was gone, he said.
“I didn’t say thank you properly,” Brown said.
Brown agreed to an interview fox 4 in the hope that it would come back to the mysterious Good Samaritan.
“I want to recognize her for her heroic deed,” he told the broadcaster. “She put herself in danger to save me. pulled me out I want to thank her.”
Arrington’s friend saw the news and informed her about it.
She contacted Fox 4 and the station connected the two.
“The first thing I said was, ‘Tammi, this is Dennis, the guy in the wheelchair,'” Brown said. “We started laughing, man, we just started laughing.”
Brown plans to invite Arrington and her friend over for dinner the next time she’s in town with Brown’s grateful mother, Julia.
But Arrington doesn’t think she deserves much, if any, credit for her exploits.
“I’m glad he’s okay,” Arrington said, later adding. “Any human reaction — I think if they saw that, they would have done the same.”