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Off-Duty Firefighters Save Man From Burning Car

Posted at 7:32 PM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 20:32:50-04

Four off-duty Franklin firefighters pulled a man from his burning vehicle just moments after the driver crashed his car along Interstate 65 North on Sunday.

Police said the driver tested positively for cocaine, had the drug in his wallet, and was driving on a revoked license.

He was expected to be arrested once he's released from Vanderbilt University Medical Hospital.

For the firefighters who saved him, the rescue was a matter of luck.

"What we did, I would like to think in our society, other people would have done," said Captain Clay Mackey with the Franklin Fire Department. "We just happened to be in a place to make a difference that day."

The four men were driving to Sunday's Tennessee Titans game at Nissan Stadium when they saw the wreck ahead of them.

"We all looked up and could see the smoke and debris," Mackey said. "We could see a vehicle overturned in the road."

With no medical equipment, the men pulled off to the side of the road and jumped out to help.

"I didn't have any medical equipment with me so it's kind of frustrating when you can't do what you were trained to do,' said firefighter paramedic Alex Enoch. "But there are certain things you can do - check for a pulse, make sure he's breathing and try to protect him from moving too much."

Mackey, Enoch, and their co-workers Captain Scott Mainord and Battalion Chief Eddie House pulled the man through the passenger side of the vehicle and away from traffic.

They waited with him until an ambulance arrived and helped EMTs load him into the vehicle.

"I think it's just human nature to want to help," House said.

Police have not released the driver's name, but said he will be arrested once he's healthy enough to leave the hospital.

The people who rescued him said they'll be thinking of the driver throughout his recovery.

"Man, I hope he's doing alright, hope he has a quick recovery, and our prayers are with him," Enoch said.

The man pulled from the burning vehicle was identified as 31-year-old Hector Calderon Aguilar. He was taken to the hospital where he was stabilized and recovering from non life threatening injuries.

Police said they did find a small amount of cocaine in his wallet, but he has not been arrested.