Lindell Marbut isn’t usually what comes to mind when you think of a hero: The 85-year-old Burleson, Tex. resident walks with a cane and requires frequent help from a caretaker. But none of that stopped him from saving the lives of two women when their car spun out of control and landed in his driveway in a ball of flames on Sunday.
Marbut witnessed the wreck, banged on the windshield with his cane and helped to pull the driver from the car and into his garage as his caretaker called 911.
“When I got back over here this way, he was beating on the front windshield with a cane,” Sondra Young, Marbut’s caretaker, told Fox 4 News. “Amazing, 85 years old and he drug her into the garage. I couldn't believe it. He can barely walk as it is. He has to use a cane to walk.”
Together Marbut and Young helped pull the passenger out and dragged her into the garage as well. By the time firefighters arrived, both women were safely out of the burning car.
Texas Department of Public Safety officials say the 22-year-old driver likely was driving too fast and lost control of the car as she took a corner. “If it wasn't for the gentleman to pull them out, it wouldn't have been a good turnout,” the Johnson County Fire Department’s Keith Flemming told Fox 4. Although the women suffered serious internal injuries, both are expected to survive.
As for Marbut? He says he doesn’t feel much like a hero. “I just feel like an old man trying to save somebody's life,” he said. “I'd do it again if I had to.”