New Year’s Day Hero

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A New Orleans Pedicab driver probably didn’t make being a “hero” one of his resolutions.  But just five hours into the new year, he became one.  News With A Twist reporter Deepak Saini introduces you to a brave man who risked his own life to save another.

A car engulfed in flames!  The driver of this vehicle would have been stuck inside if it wasn’t for a Good Samaritan.

Bike Taxi Unlimited driver David Wasicek says, “I don’t consider myself a hero.  I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.”

Pedicab driver David Wasicek was pedaling near the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center with a passenger in tow, when he smelled smoke.

Wasicek says, “The interior of the vehicle is just completely engulfed in smoke and there’s a guy hanging out of the vehicle reaching for me for help.”

He jumped into action to free the driver who was trapped inside the vehicle.

“Once I pulled him out.  Within 2 or 3 minutes, the whole interior was up in flames and within 5 to 7 minutes, the whole car was roasting,” adds Wasicek.

This hero has luck on his side because just minutes before the car was filled with flames, Wasicek was risking his own life, diving into the car several times to search for any possible passengers.

Wasicek says, “I started feeling the seats with my eyes closed and my breath held just trying to feel seats.  Did that twice to get some air, and I had to go farther to be able to reach far enough in the backseat and finally felt good enough that I’m pretty sure no one’s back here.”

On New Year’s Day, a man gets a second chance at life and a humble hero is born.

Wasicek says, “I would do it over again for a nice YELP review.  It would be nice to get a 5-star yelp review.”