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OSU Employee Saves Man From Burning Truck

Posted at 3:02 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 23:26:41-05

STILLWATER, Okla. — Staff at Oklahoma State University are calling Kyle Waters a hero for pulling a man who fainted while driving out of a burning car, but Waters says he was just "paying it forward."

On Monday, Feb. 3, OSU athletic director of facilities, Kyle Waters, was in the middle of a meeting on campus when he and his colleges noticed a stoplight on Hall of Fame Avenue go out.

"It was during our usual two o'clock meeting when some one said the light went out, and they could see smoke. So, I went out side to see what happened," Waters said.

When Waters got outside, he saw a truck had ran into the electrical box on the intersection of Hall of Fame Avenue and Knoblock Street.

"I knew some one was still in the truck because the wheels kept spinning," Waters said. "They kept accelerating then went from smoke to fire."

Waters quickly grabbed a brick from a nearby retention wall and broke the window of the truck to help the man who appeared to be unconscious inside out of the vehicle.

"When I broke the window, the noise of that seemed to wake him up," Waters said. "I was happy he did, but he didn't know what was going on."

The man Waters helped had diabetes and fainted due to low blood sugar.

Waters helped the man out of the truck and waited with him until paramedics could arrive.

"We all when we can should just lend a hand," Waters said. "If I have ability to lend a hand, then I'm just paying it forward."

That mindset is important to Waters, because some one else lending a hand and paying it forward's is why he still has his best friend.

"We met in 1996, we we college roommates," Waters said. "He's like a brother, but he's also one of my best friends."

Last year in May, Water's best friend had a heart attack while driving. A passerby who saw the car run off the road turned around and gave him CPR until help arrived.

"If it wasn't for that guy, he wouldn't be here," Waters said. "That's what you think about when you see some on else in need."

Those close to the man Walter helped say his blood sugar level was at 39 when medics tested it. The man received a shot of glucose, and he has made a full recovery.

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