Firefighter Finds Man Trapped Inside Car Hours After Accident
Bobby Davis, 42, was found inside his car hours after he drove off the roadwayPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
CREATED Mar. 29, 2013
Omaha, NE -- On Friday, a man was found trapped in a car hours after he drove off an embankment.
He was later rescued by a Gretna volunteer firefighter who happened to be passing by.
The firefighter found the overturned car early Friday morning near 192nd St. and Capehart Rd.
Police believe Bobby Davis, 42, drove off the road sometime Thursday night and was stuck there until the firefighter happened to be driving by.
"It's not his normal route to work," said Gretna Fire Chief Rod Buethe. "Why he went that way? We don't know, but (it was) lucky for that guy he took a different route to work this morning."
The veteran firefighter doesn't want to be named.
On his drive, he saw a car that had driven off an embankment. He stopped to see if anyone was inside.
"25 years -- that's a lot of training," said Buethe. "Instincts took over. That's what we do as firefighters. (If) you see somebody that is in trouble, you stop and help."
Davis was in the car. He was talking and alert.
The firefighter used his radio to call for a rescue squad. He was able to stabilize Davis until help arrived.
Medics took him to Nebraska Medical Center.
"I'd like to give credit," said Buethe. "I called the firefighter, and he said (he wanted to) stay anonymous. It's just kind of a humbling experience, once in a while, to be able to help somebody. When they're having some of their worst times of their life, we're able to step in and make those times better."
Buethe said Davis did exit the car and walk around during the night, but returned to his car to stay warm.
Davis is in fair condition.