Teen Rescues Woman Who Was Shot on Country Road

March 12, 2016 Updated: December 25, 2017
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Caleb Martin, 18, was happy to be going home an hour earlier than usual from his job at McDonald’s.

But his happiness soon dissipated when he saw what he believed was a drunk driver swerving on the road, headed straight for a woman standing in the middle of the street.

Martin soon realized that the driver was trying to hit the woman. He tried to intervene but was too late, and the madman hit the woman into the guardrail.

The driver finally noticed Martin and fled the scene. Martin leaped into action, helping the woman into his car and calling 911.

“About halfway up the guardrail, I see a woman in the middle of the road,” Martin told a local broadcaster. “I see a swerving. I thought it was a drunk driver until I saw he was swerving into the woman.”

Soon, he learned the shocking truth–29-year-old Jenna Neuman had been shot twice by her boyfriend inside his car and jumped out to try to escape. But the boyfriend circled back and hit her with his car.

The 911 call shows how Martin kept a cool head, giving details to the dispatcher while comforting Jenna verbally and applying pressure to her wounds. “You will not die,” he says. “I got you.”

According to WSMV-TV:

“911, what is your emergency?” the dispatcher asked.

“Hang on, hang on. Come over here, come over here. I’m sorry, I’m kind of freaked out,” Martin said.

“He shot me, I’m shot,” Neuman yelled.

“A woman was shot,” Martin said. “Get in, get in, get in. I won’t let you die.”

“Please don’t let me die,” Neuman said.

“It’s OK, we got you,” Martin said.

“Please hurry, I’m dying,” Neuman said on the 911 call. “Please don’t let me die.”

“No, no,” Martin said.

“Do you promise?” Neuman asked.

“You will not die,” Martin replied.

“I’m dying, I’m dying,” Neuman said.

“No you won’t,” Martin said. “You will not die, you will not die. I will not let you die. We have the ambulance coming. They will save you.”

“Do you promise?” Neuman asked.

“I promise,” Martin said.

Then, Martin took Neuman to his grandmother’s house—while he was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher. He then called his grandmother.

According to WSMV-TV, the transcript continues:

“Grandma, this person was shot and ran over, come on. We need to get something to stop the bleeding,” Martin said.

“OK, call 911,” Martin’s grandmother said.

“I already did. I already called them. They’re coming,” Martin said.

“I’m a good person,” Neuman said.

“I know, I know. We got you,” Martin said.

According to the report, Martin doesn’t think he was a hero.

“He truly was her savior in that moment,” Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove told the station. “Putting himself between the individual who shot her and himself. Heroes don’t come along very often.”

It was noted that in the end, Caleb getting off work an hour early saved her life.