Rescued Man: “I Thank Him With My Life”

One DFW Airport worker thanks another for saving him from burning car

An airline worker at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport whose car crashed and burst into flames late Monday night credits another worker with saving his life.

Mike Robinson, a maintenance worker for U.S. Airways, said he was on his way home when he lost control of his vehicle on Airfield Drive at about 1 a.m.

"From all I remember, my front tire blew out,” he said. “I guess I ended up jumping the median.”

His car landed in a ditch.

Del Wolfgramm, who has a similar job with American Airlines, had just left a nearby hangar.

"I saw the car lose control,” he said. “I saw the headlights kind of jumping up and down."

The car door was jammed.

"I banged on the window, and he was unconscious,” Wolfgramm said.

Robinson was groggy but remembers being trapped with his car on fire.

"I looked up; I saw flames,” he said. “That's all I remember."

"It just (went) vroom,” Wolgramm said. “It just spread like nothing."

Wolfgramm didn't think twice and forced the door open.

"The driver's side was over here,” he said, pointing to a charred spot in the grass. “He's slipping in and out (of consciousness), and we just dragged him over here."

"All I remember is somebody was pulling me," Robinson said.

Robinson, a father of two, was not seriously injured.

"I'd put the 'S' on his chest, you know, like Supeman,” Robinson said. “He saved my life."

Wolfgramm said he is no hero.

"You would have done it; anyone would have done it,” he said. “I just happened upon it."

Robinson said he is grateful beyond words.

"In my eyesight, he is a hero,” Robinson said. “He's my hero, and I thank him! I thank him!"

Robinson returned to work on Wednesday.

He said he is trying to think of a gift to give Wolfgramm, but nothing seems appropriate.

"I thank him with my life," Robinson said.

"I'm just thankful that he's okay, really,” Wolfgramm said.

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