When you are driving down the road and see a potentially dangerous (or otherwise unexpected) situation, what’s the first thing you do?
If you’re like most people, you will pull over and grab the phone to capture some live pictures as it happens. But for two brothers from Portland, Oregon, saving a woman’s life was much more important than a live post on social media.
An older woman accidentally crashed her Volvo into the pump at a Chevron gas station, resulting in fire that quickly started spreading to multiple pumps.
Phillipe and Raphael Bittar happened to be passing by and decided to pull over to take some pictures of the flames, not realizing a woman’s life was in danger. But when they spotted the woman stuck inside the car, the two heroes jumped into action.
According to 19-year-old Phillipe, the woman managed to move from the driver seat to the passenger side, but was trapped and couldn’t get out of the door.
Going on instincts alone, Phillipe ran over to the car, punched out the window, and pulled the woman to safety.
Phillipe went on to tell KATU that the woman was panicking frantically inside the car. He did his best to keep her calm, and told her he would get her out as fast as he could.
The car was completely engulfed in flames as well as the gas pumps. According to onlookers, an explosion also occurred which shot a ball of flame toward the nearby building.
Phillipe got scraped up during the rescue, but says that saving a life is well worth the wounds he received.
Eyewitnesses confirmed that dozens of people stopped to take pictures, but Phillipe and Raphael were two of the only few people who put down their phones and rushed to help.
Township Fire Chief Leonard Damian said: “had this individual not broken out the window and pulled the patient out of the burning car and to safety, I don’t believe she would have survived. His actions were nothing short of heroic.”