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Homeless man and Navy veteran helps save driver in life-threatening car crash

October 20, 2017

A homeless man helped save a driver who was left bloodied in a life-threatening car accident in Florida on Thursday afternoon.

Travis Wilson, a homeless man who says he was a Navy corpsman, was interviewing for emergency housing with a nonprofit organization called Operation Sacred Trust when he heard a loud bang.

“In a split second, he said, ‘I think, you know, somebody may need help,'” Seth Eisenberg, with Operation Sacred Trust, told WPLG.

“We get around the corner and I see what’s going on and speed up, and then, I just turn it on and go sprinting to the vehicle,” Wilson said.

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Video of the incident captured Wilson reaching into the white vehicle and stabilizing the driver’s neck.

“It’s like putting a neck collar on them to stop them from moving their neck,” Wilson said. “This is instinct.”

Wilson stayed with the man until paramedics arrived on scene.

“You can’t leave the scene,” he said. “I can’t leave the scene – it doesn’t matter if the vehicle catches on fire. It doesn’t matter. I’m there with him. If we’re gonna die, we’re gonna die together.”

Wilson told WPLG that after leaving the military, he had fallen on hard times. The station found out that he had been arrested several times, including for possession of cocaine and theft.

Pembroke Pines Police told WPLG that the driver of the white vehicle that Wilson assisted was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries, while the driver of the other car, an off-duty officer with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, suffered only minor injuries.