Thursday, October 5, 2017

Veteran is "human shield" for total stranger

It happened in September in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sgt. Cory Hinkle was driving home to Forest City on Boiling Springs Highway in Shelby when he saw a head-on collision in front of him. He saw "dust and smoke go everywhere." As an Iraq combat veteran, he automatically ran toward to car that was smoking. As he approached, Brandy Guin, 28, was trying to climb out of the car, but had a broken ankle.
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Sgt. Hinkle and another passer-by helped her to safety on the side of the road, but then fire began to spread over her car. The shock absorbers started to explode, sending hot debris flying everywhere. Brandy remembers, "He shielded me with his body and said, 'It's going to have to go through me to get to you.'" A piece of metal hit his ankle, but his Army boot stopped it, so all he got was a bad bruise. Brandy is a mother of two, and Sgt. Hinkle has a wife and two daughters. He said, "I hope that if my wife was in the same situation, someone would stop and do the exact same thing."

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