Good Samaritan Saves Child from Burning Car

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Imagine reaching into a flaming car that could explode at any second, to save a life. That is what a good samaritan in California did to rescue a 3-year-old girl.
  
"Oh God. That's the first thing that came to my mind," the toddler's grandmother Linda Lozano said. "And He was there. I know He was."

Linda Lozano cried out to God on the San Bernardino Freeway when the SUV she she had been driving was engulfed in flames.

"I told her, my daughter, to take her seatbelt off, so she did," Lozano said. "I told her to get out and when she got out I jumped to the back. I just like leaned over and tried to get my granddaughter out and I couldn't."

Lozano said that was when she saw help on its way.

"So I looked behind (and saw) this man coming," she added. "He was running and I jumped out and I screamed. I told him can you please help my granddaughter?" 

That man was John McDonald, who did not hesitate to help. Eyewitness Angel Franco captured the rescue on tape.

John climbed out of the burning car and ran away from the scene, with the 3-year old girl in his arms.
 
"She was upside down," McDonald said. "And it took me a little while to figure out how to unhook the seat belt, and I got my wits about me and I popped it, and managed to drag her out and it worked out fine."

But he had his moments of doubt.

"I thought we were both going to die to be honest with you," he said. 

But when he came upon the accident, McDonald said it was all instinct to help the child.

"She said, 'Oh, that was really scary.' I was thinking, 'You have no idea.' I was pretty shook up," he added.

McDonald hopes anyone would have done what he did.

"Luckily I guess they were all wearing their seatbelts," he said. "It just sort of happened.I think most people would have done it if they were in my position, I hope."

And later there were tears of joy. 

"I'm so elated. I can't even explain the words," the child's mother Renee Rodriguez said. "You can't... You can't thank him enough. Like seriously, this guy is just my daughter's angel.  He came out of nowhere, and for everybody that's seen that video, knows that. It's unbelievable, really." 

Miraculously, the occupants of the car only have minor injuries, but police say things could have been much worse if not for a good samaritan in the right place at the right time.

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