Family meets hero who pulled man from burning car

Posted at 5:57 PM, Feb 22, 2017

"I'm Tiffany, I'm Chris, I just want to say thank you so much for helping my husband and being there when you were, its very grateful to have you," said Tiffany Rouch to her husbands rescuer.

Tiffany Rouch is grateful because Crystian Martinez acted when he didn't have to.

On Saturday Rouch's husband Anthony, and father to their two children, lost control of his vehicle at the intersection of State Road 52 and Kent Grove Drive. With flames engulfing the car Martinez jumped into action to pull Rouch to safety.

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"Words can't explain how grateful I am that he was there, Anthony wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him," said Tiffany Rouch.

The heartfelt meeting took place in the lobby of Bayonet Point Medical Center where Anthony Rouch is being treated for a brain injury. His sister Sierra says at times it's hard to find the words to explain what the men who saved her brothers life gave back to their family.

"Even watching the video I was just crying and crying, it's unreal, it's hard to express," said Sierra Yoaken.

Video from the rescue shows Rouch literally fighting back his rescuers. Incoherent from the head injury.

"Some people might have tried but might not have tried as long and I'm very thankful that they continued to keep pulling and to do what they had to to get him out," said Yoaken.

"It was scary, you couldn't see anything, the car was filled with smoke," said Martinez.

Martinez and two other men were finally able to free Rouch's legs that were pinned under the seat. Giving him a second chance and landing this hero a loving embrace from another pair of strangers who now consider him family too.

Tiffany Rouch says Anthony has been released from the hospital and will continue his recovery at home.

The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating what caused the crash.





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