Angel Soto is being hailed a hero for rescuing a stranger from a car crash, but his good deed came at an incredibly high cost.
The 36-year-old raced to the scene of a car crash in Boynton Beach, Fla., on Oct. 29 to pull Alexander Proscurshim out of his vehicle, the Sun Sentinel reports. But just as Soto was helping the injured victim, a Porsche plowed through the scene, pinning Soto to the wrecked truck and slicing off most of his right leg.
“The whole event is surreal,” Proscurshim, 26, told KRISTV.com. “You see him lose his leg and you try to save him after he saved you, it’s a horrible situation,”
The victim quickly turned into the hero of the gruesome situation as Proscurshim tied an old T-shirt to Soto’s leg to help stop the bleeding.
No charges have been filed against any of the drivers involved, but Soto -- a married father of four –- is filing a suit against the driver of the Porche, according to the Sun Sentinel. Though Soto has a long road to recovery ahead, he says he has no regrets.
“It was worth it,” Soto told KRISTV.com. “Like I said, if I had to go save someone else again. I would do it again.”
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When gunmen started shooting at Fredrick Martin and his 8-year-old-son, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/05/fredrick-martin-shooting_n_1407313.html" target="_hplink">the young father quickly used his body to shield his child</a> and took bullets to the abdomen and upper torso. The 28-year-old Inglewood, Calif., dad died soon after arriving to the hospital and police said they had "no idea why this shooting would have happened."
Spc. Dennis P. Weichel Jr
When Spc. Dennis Weichel saw an Afghan boy in danger of getting hit by an armored vehicle, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/29/spc-dennis-weichel-afghanistan_n_1388153.html" target="_hplink">the father of three instinctively lifted the child out of harm's way.</a> But the brave warrior was then tragically struck and killed by the more than 16-ton truck. "Specialist Dennis Weichel's life was marked by bravery, selflessness and commitment to others,"<a href="http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/local_news/providence/ri-soldier-spc-dennis-weichel-killed-in-afghanistan" target="_hplink"> Gov. Lincoln Chafee told WPRI,</a> "and unfortunately it was in demonstrating these remarkable characteristics that it was lost."
<a href="http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/chp-paralyzed-petaluma-teens-deadly-car-crash-dete/nFRMW/" target="_hplink">When Chris Cox rescued a 43-year-old woman from a burning car</a>, he said he was channeling the will of his son who he lost to suicide, KTVY reports. Cox's son, Danny, had dreamed of becoming a firefighter before a car accident left him paralyzed. "I thought, 'I'm doing this for you, buddy," <a href="http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/chp-paralyzed-petaluma-teens-deadly-car-crash-dete/nFRMW/" target="_hplink">Cox told the news source.</a> "This is what you wanted to do.'"
After his son committed suicide in 1999, Steven Fugate walked a total of 30,000 miles across the U.S. <a href="http://www.todaysthv.com/news/article/198496/288/Man-ends-30000-mile-journey-for-suicide-awareness" target="_hplink">carrying a simple sign that read, "Love Life,"</a> KTVU reports. While the 65-year-old no longer has the strength to share his message on foot, h<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/steve-fugate-suicide-awareness_n_1310975.html" target="_hplink">e remains steadfast in his mission.</a> "I stay determined to spread the suggestion, 'LOVE LIFE' as a mindset that can most definitely enable us ALL to get past ALL adversity in our lives."
Patrick John Hughes
Though Patrick Hughes, 23, was born without eyes and gets around in a wheelchair, <a href="http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1760683/posts" target="_hplink">he fulfilled his dream of becoming a world-renowned musician, thanks to his dad.</a> Hughes's father worked the graveyard shift, so he could attend classes and band practice with his son who went on to graduate magna cum laude from college. "I never had any doubt Patrick could do it," Hughes' dad told the <em><a href="http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1760683/posts" target="_hplink">Miami Herald.</a></em> "The only question was whether I could do my part."
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