Friday 30 September 2016

Jamie Foxx shares moving photo of him hugging father of man he saved from burning truck

Published 30/01/2016 | 12:06

PIC: Jamie Foxx Instagram
PIC: Jamie Foxx Instagram

Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx has shared a moving photo of the moment he embraced the father of the young man he rescued from a crashed truck.

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Foxx last month revealed how he, with the help of another man, had pulled Brett Kyle (32) from the truck moments before it became engulfed in flames.

The incident happened near Foxx's Southern California home, and the actor met the victim's father Brad the next day after he showed up at Foxx's home to say thanks.

Fox posted the photo of the two men hugging to Instagram with the caption, "Met the father of the young man from last night today. This is all that matters. That a man, a son, a brother's life was spared last night. God had his arms wrapped around all of us...No heroes...Just happy fathers."

The California Highway Patrol said the pick-up went off the road in Ventura County then went into a ditch, rolling over multiple times and becoming engulfed in flames with a male driver trapped inside.

Foxx said he heard the crash from his house, called 911, and ran to the scene. He said another man, an off-duty paramedic who was driving by, had large emergency medical technician scissors that the two used to break the truck's window, cut the man's seatbelt and pull him out.

The actor said "within five seconds" the truck went up in flames.

He said he told the man: "You've got to help me get you out, because I don't want to have to leave you. You've got angels around you."

Foxx told reporters after meeting Brad, the father of the 32-year-old victim Brett Kyle: "I don't look at it as heroic. I just look at it like, you know, you just had to do something. And it all just worked out."

Brad Kyle said he had been shown surveillance video of the crash scene, and he saw several cars passing by without helping.

"I just kept watching it and going 'My god, my god, he didn't have to do a thing,' " Mr Kyle said, breaking into tears as he spoke. "I think we all hope that we can do something when the time is there. But the question is, do we act or do we fear for our own life? He did not."

Brett Kyle has broken bones and a punctured lung, but he is expected to survive.

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