On Thursday, former NFL defensive end Brandon Bair saved a man who was trapped inside his truck, which was engulfed in flames after being hit by a train.
According to East Idaho News, Bair relayed that he saw a train crash into a semi-truck while he drove down the highway. The former Philadelphia Eagles player said he was driving on Highway 20 in St. Anthony, Idaho when he saw the frightening scene. Additionally, as he saw the train collide with the truck, it caused an immediate explosion.
Bair quickly dialed 911 for emergency help. However, he heard a voice calling out from within the wreckage of the truck that was on fire. He decided he couldn’t wait for first responders and took action himself.
“It was a conscious decision that I’m going in because he needs help right now,” Bair explained to East Idaho News. “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.”
Brandon Bair’s Heroic Actions Came Just in Time
Bair, 36, put his life on the line that day to save a stranger in a perilous situation. The 6’6″, 260-pound former defensive lineman climbed halfway into the burning truck to rescue 25-year-old Steve Jenson. Bair removed Jenson’s seatbelt and was able to take him out through a rear window between the passenger and driver’s seats. According to ESPN, as of Friday morning, Jenson was in stable condition at a local hospital.
“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 big booms and explosions,” Bair said.
In 2011, the former Oregon Ducks standout was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent. He spent five years in the NFL with three teams, including the Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and Philadelphia Eagles. Although he spent his first couple years on practice squads, he did end up playing in 21 NFL games before retiring in 2016. As impressive as it is to make an NFL roster, Bair became a true hero on Thursday when he saved Jenson’s life.
“All I can say is this guy was supposed to live. I’m a man of faith, and I’ve learned to listen to your gut and the promptings you get,” Bair says. “The Lord wanted him alive. Things could have gone a million different directions, but things worked out on his behalf.”