Former NFL player Brandon Bair rushed in to heroically save a man from a fiery car crash last week.
NFL defensive end Brandon Bair, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and the Philadelphia Eagles before retiring in 2015, is being called a hero.
On Thursday night, Bair was in his home state of Idaho when he saw a train hit a semi-truck. The truck, unfortunately, burst into flames with driver Steven Jenson stuck inside. Bair didn’t just stand by and watch. No, the 6’7″ 36-year-old former professional athlete jumped into action.
Brandon Bair spoke to the East Idaho News about the situation and his actions that followed.
“I was on Highway 20 driving to my business when I saw the train hit the truck. There was an explosion right away, and the train was pushing the truck down the tracks,” Bair said. “I got on the phone with 911 and started driving down the median to get to the front of the train when it stopped.”
Brandon Bair Recounts Rescue
When the truck stopped, Brandon Bair leaped out of his car and ran straight for the fiery wreck with no regard for his own life. He reached inside the vehicle and pulled the 25-year-old driver to safety.
“It was a conscious decision that I’m going in because he needs help right now,” Bair said. “I ran up to the window and saw dripping hot flames all over inside of the truck. I could see a guy in a seatbelt and was able to reach in and get it off of him. He was talking, and I told him we had to get out of here now.”
The defensive end was able to keep him composure in the moment, but upon seeing his wife and four daughters, Brandon Bair admits to breaking down.
“I was able to hold it together and be tough, but then I got a little shaky when I heard her voice,” Bair reveals. “Being able to go home and put my arms around my kids – it hit me. You never know what’s going to happen in life, and this shows you should hug your family every chance you get.”
Brandon Bair carried Steven Jenson to safety just in the nick of time. The who situation was over in less than three minutes.
“We walked away, and within seconds, the fire on the roof fell down inside, and the whole seat and cab went up in flames. A few minutes later, there were a couple of big booms and explosives.”
Medical personnel showed up on the scene and airlifted Jenson to a nearby hospital, however, the news outlet noted that he was in “fair condition.”
‘He Was Supposed To Live’
Brandon Bair, who is deeply faith-based, said that the young man “was supposed to live.”
“The Lord wanted him alive. Things could have gone different– a million different directions, but things worked out on his behalf. That’s my conclusion. Whether it was me or someone else, he was supposed to live.”
You are a hero in our book, Brandon. Treat yourself to a cold one tonight. A man is alive because of you!