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Good Samaritan: I was pretty shook up

July 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Good Samaritan is being hailed as a life-saving hero after a daring freeway rescue.John McDonald said he was on his way to work in Venice as he drove past the burning car, flipped on its side on the 10 Freeway.

Three people were able to get out of the car on their own, but a 3-year-old girl was trapped inside. That's when McDonald stopped his car and pulled the girl from the burning vehicle.

"Honestly I don't think about that stuff too much it just sort of happened. I think most people would have done it if they were in my position," said McDonald.

Linda Lozano said she was driving the car when it flipped. She tried but could not get her granddaughter free.

"I leaned over and tried to get my granddaughter out, and I couldn't," said Lozano. "I looked behind me and this man came running. I jumped out and I screamed. I told him 'could you please help my granddaughter?'"

McDonald has remained humble about the experience and said he was actually a little embarrassed to be talking to reporters.

"To be honest it's kind of embarrassing. The attention is nice but that's obviously not why anybody does this," McDonald said.

"He really tries to down play what he did, but in our eyes he's a hero," Said CHP officer Luis Mendoza. "We are very fortunate to have him in the right place at the right time."

Two of the victims in the car were taken to the hospital, but everyone is expected to survive. A meeting was set up Thursday for McDonald and the 3-year-old girl to meet.

"When I pulled her out of the car I dragged her into my car and she said 'that was really scary' and I was thinking 'you have no idea,' I was pretty shook up," said McDonald.

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