Jamie Foxx is not just a hero on screen. He is a hero in real life too — even if he is too humble to accept it.
The 48-year-old Academy Award winning actor leaped to the rescue of a stranger Monday night, after the man crashed his pickup truck in front of Foxx’s home in Ventura County, California.
Brett Kyle, 32, was driving at “a high rate of speed” when his vehicle drove off the road and into a drainage ditch, before colliding with a drainage pipe and concrete. The truck rolled over multiple times and landed on the passenger side, according to California Highway Patrol.
The vehicle immediately caught fire with the driver still trapped inside. However, luckily for him, two witnesses at the scene — including Foxx and an off-duty EMT — rushed to the blazing site to rescue him.
“He has EMT scissors. He hits the glass, I climb in and try to hit his seat belt, but he's hovered over, so the seat belt is on him,” Foxx later told ABC7 News, recalling the accident. “So I grabbed the scissors from him, cut the seat belt, but it's on his neck. So I cut it off his neck. And then, as the flames do come into the cabin, I lean back, but I think what it did is it hit his legs, which made him extend. And when he extends out of the cabin, pull him out, and as we pull him out, within five seconds later, the truck goes up.”
The rescuers managed to drag Kyle out moments before his mangled vehicle blew up. The fire crew and medics arrived at the scene shortly after and confirmed no one else was trapped in the truck.
"It was a pretty courageous thing to do,” Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Mike Lindbery told CNN. “It's rare these days that you find someone willing to jump in to help like that.”
Meanwhile, Foxx is adamant that he is not a hero, even after he risked his life to save someone he didn’t even know.
“I don't look at it as heroic. I just look at it as ... you just had to do something,” Foxx explained. “It all worked out.”
The crash victim was taken to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, where he was treated for major head, chest, neck and waist trauma. The police later arrested him for driving under influence.
Following the rescue, the actor did not flaunt his heroics on social media. However, a few hours later, he did share a heartrending image on his Instagram account featuring Brett Kyle’s father, Brad.
“It doesn't matter to me who it was, or what they do for a living, or whatever,” said Brad Kyle. “Just the idea that someone would do that is so much more than I can fathom. It's all tears of joy. He's got two sisters and a brother, they would've lost their brother if it wasn't for him.”
Watch Jamie Foxx’s complete interview in the video below:
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