JOSHUA, Texas—Joshua native Austin Reep might be kicking back now, but 2:30 early Sunday morning was anything but easy.
“I don’t normally stay out that late,” Reep said. “It almost felt like a movie. It felt unreal.”
When he pulled up behind an enormous car fire in Kent County, Michigan, the 21-year-old soon found out it was very real. A jeep had run off the road and hit a tree.
“So I feel my necklace, and I don’t know how I felt it or even why, but as soon as I felt that, God said, go be bold, be courageous.”
While another passerby dialed 911, Austin ran to help.
“I go, Is there someone still in the car? He says I’m trapped. But I couldn’t get the door to bend the branch enough, so I propped up myself on the car and just deadlifted it, and it snapped.”
That was happening all while the Jeep turned into an inferno.
“If he doesn’t get out, I’m going to die there with him. I’ve lost a lot of people this year, and I wasn’t going to lose another one,” he said.
Austin managed to pull the man out by his belt loop.
“I pulled him out but his foot got stuck.” Then the car door closed down on the man’s foot. “I look over and I can see the wheel starting to swell…Oh snap, it’s time to go. As soon as we hit the pavement…I heard a pressure washing sound, and the car was engulfed in flames,” Reep added.
Then the car door closed down on the man’s foot. “I look over and I can see the wheel starting to swell. Oh snap, it’s time to go. As soon as we hit the pavement, I heard a pressure washing sound, and the car was engulfed in flames,” Reep said.
“He was like, thank you for pulling me out.”
But Austin thanks someone else.
“I’m not a hero, but courage is definitely doing something you don’t want to do. I think God had a lot of timing and a lot of placement in putting me there.”