SAN ANTONIO – A paramedic is being called a hero after witnessing a fiery car crash Saturday night and saving the driver’s life.
Andrew Cortez was off duty and driving on Loop 410 near McCullough when another car hit the center divide and caught on fire.
He says instincts kicked in as he rushed to break that car’s window and pull the man to safety.
"He wasn't responding,” Cortez says. “He wasn't breathing. I checked him and he didn't have a pulse."
Cortez started performing CPR just as another Good Samaritan came to help. He says he doesn’t know her name – just that she works in the medical field and was able to assist with CPR.
The accident backed up the highway for miles. In the middle of all that traffic, Cortez and the woman kept the chest compressions going until the ambulance arrived.
Cortez says he was just doing his job.
"That's just what we do,” Cortez says. "Right now the heroes are in Afghanistan. That's the way I look at it."
The victim, a 57-year-old man, is now in stable condition at a local hospital.