One Patriot is a hero today, both on, and off the field.
According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, New England Patriots linebacker Darius Fleming witnessed a three-car accident near Gilette Stadium on the Thursday before the game. A woman was trapped inside a burning vehicle and Fleming came to the rescue and kicked out her window, saving her.
“The woman in front of me, she kind of was jumping around the car, like passenger seat, back seat, and then I noticed the car started to smoke,” Fleming said. “I didn’t think much of it, I thought she was trying to get out of the car, then I realized the smoke was building up inside the car. “So, I was like, you know what, I should try to get her out of here, assist here a little bit. I tried opening the doors. It didn’t work. Then I was like, I’ve got to get her out of here, because I don’t know if this lady can breathe or what. So, I started banging on the window. It wouldn’t break. So I started kicking the (passenger side) window. Eventually, it broke. I pulled her out, made sure she was OK. A lady started coming out of the adjacent building and was assisting here.”
The kick resulted in a gash in his leg, which required 22 stitches. Fleming was able to play despite the injury.
“I didn’t think about (the cut) too much,” Fleming said. “Obviously, you have stitches in your leg, so it’s kind of on your mind. I was just excited to play, because the first thing that came to my mind was, ‘Damn, my leg’s cut up pretty bad.’ I wasn’t sure how that would affect me and affect my game. I was fine, though. It didn’t do much.”
Fleming deserves recognition for his brave act of valor.
What a good guy.
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