When you go on a date, especially a first date, you want to make a good impression. There’s a lot of little things you can do like making eye contact, really listening to what the other person is saying, and avoiding talking about past flings to show that you’re genuinely interested in starting a new relationship.
Or you can become a hero.
Tristan Gareau was on his way home from a date when he spotted a single-car crash.
In March 2015, the 21-year-old from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, drove past a condominium where one of its residents was in desperate need of help.
“He seemed to be in there for a long time because by the time I drove by the car was already smoking,” Gareau told CBC News. “I don’t know how much longer he could have stayed in there.”
Gareau estimated the man had been in the car for 5 to 10 minutes.
Gareau battled smoke and heat as he attempted to free the 65-year-old Steve Guy, from his crashed car.
Moments after the young man released Guy’s seat belt and pulled him to safety, Guy’s car burst into flames.
“Wow, no I don’t remember any of that,” Guy said after Gareau recounted how he saved the 65-year-old’s life.
Guy reportedly suffered a medical emergency, which led to the crash.
Police thanked Gareau for his act of bravery, but the 21-year-old was just happy Guy made it out alive and that no one else was injured.
“I just hope that … somebody would do this for me if I was ever in that situation as well,” he told CBC News.
A few days later, the two men reunited.
According to Global News, Guy has diabetes and on the day that Gareau drove past his complex, Guy suffered some sort of emergency while parking his cart.
“I think back and wonder did I miss any signs, I don’t think I did, unfortunately you always feel, when something like this happens you think that was dumb on my part,” he said.
Guy escaped with only a few scrapes as a result of Gareau dragging him from the burning car.
Guy was able to thank Gareau in person for saving his life.
Although Gareau rescued Guy, he shared with Global News that he had been having nightmares since the accident wondering what if he hadn’t stopped. But he was hopeful that meeting the 65-year-old would put his mind at ease.
“I’m glad you’re OK, I just wanted to make sure you were OK,” he told Guy.