It seems as if a soldier’s job is never done, especially for Staff Sergeant Cory Hinkle. The world is a little safer after Hinkle recently intervened when a car became engulfed in smoke.
On his way home from the National Guard base in Charlotte, North Carolina, Hinkle witnessed a head-on collision right in front of him.
“I saw the cars in front of me just slam into each other and dust and smoke go everywhere,” Hinkle told WBTV.
Hinkle quickly turned into full combat mode when the debris settled, and he noticed 28-year-old Brandy Guin having trouble escaping the smoking car. Her ankle was broken, and she seemed to be in severe pain. The hero explained that he “did not think twice” in going in to save Guin.
“My instinct and training tells me that a smoke means there’s going to be a fire, and a car has gasoline in it,” Hinkle said breaking down his quick thinking process to WBTV.
Hinkle charged towards the car and helped the mother of two out of the smoking car. The first part of the rescue was over, but the second half was just beginning.
Just as the Hinkle suspected, the car was about to explode.
“As the fire started to spread in my car, the shocks started to explode and hot debris was flying everywhere,” Guin said.
Hinkle acted as a human shield and protected Guin from the exploding car. “He shielded me with his body and said ‘It’s going to have to go through me to get to you.”
Hinkle laid his body beside Guin to keep the debris from hitting her body. A piece of metal hit him on his ankle from the explosion, leaving it bruised and swollen. Even with the obvious danger, Hinkle wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.
Fortunately, people like Hinkle are restoring faith in humanity one brave action at a time.
“It’s a belief in humanity that I have. I have a wife and two daughters, and I hope if my wife was in the same situation, someone would stop and do the exact same thing,” Hinkle said.
Hinkle has visited Guin in the hospital and continues to call and check on her. The two that were strangers are now friends.
“I will forever be indebted to him. He’s a true hero,” Guin said.