Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time. You may not be doing anything different than normal – just going about your day – when something unexpected happens and you know you were meant to be there.
Do you ever think about why you were placed there at that exact moment at that specific time?
North Carolina Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Cory Hinkle was in a situation just like this recently and he ended up saving a woman’s life.
Last month, Brandy Guin was driving to her grandparents’ house to pick up her children when a car from the opposite side of the road crossed the divider and headed straight for her vehicle.
“It happened so fast,” Guin said. “They approximated we were going about 45 miles per hour, and I came to a dead stop in three feet. I bent the brake pedal; I was pushing so hard trying to get it to stop.”
To her horror, the other vehicle didn’t stop. It kept coming until it crashed into Guin’s car.
“The airbags all popped from the sides and the front,” she said.
Adrenaline pumped through her veins. Disoriented, Guin attempted to exit her car, but a searing pain halted her.
“I tried to put my right foot down … and I saw the bone sticking out of my leg,” she said. “I had to sit back down, and I didn’t know what I was going to do.”
That’s when her guardian angel came to the rescue.
Hinkle was heading home from work when he saw the horrible accident and ran to help.
“I knew there had to be injuries, so I parked and ran instantly to the closest car to me,” he said. “I got there in time to grab her and pick her back up. I could smell gasoline … I knew we had to move.”
Hinkle enlisted the assistance of a fellow motorist and the two of them carried Guin to the other side of the road. They got her away from the scene just before her car went up in flames.
Hinkle realized what a shock Guin must be experiencing and allowed his training to guide him.
“At that point, I just laid down beside her, because the shocks and tires were exploding,” Hinkle said. “I made her keep looking at me; I made her keep talking.”
At that point, Guin went into shock. She was terrified by the state of her vehicle and the accident that just occurred.
“I started panicking, and the shocks started to go,” Guin recalled as she fought back tears. “Cory rolled his body over mine, shielded me and protected me.”
While shielding Guin, Hinkle received minor injuries to his head and foot, but he didn’t stop caring for her.
“He said, ‘Don’t worry, it’ll have to go through me to get to you,’” Guin recalled him telling her.
Such bravery and compassion for a complete stranger. Could you respond with such selflessness?
Guin was eventually taken to a hospital where she remained for four days. She had surgery to repair a fracture in her face and will require the assistance of a walker for approximately a month. She’ll also need physical therapy.
Through it all, Guin has had the full support of her husband, children, family, and friends. One new friend she readily includes in her circle of support is Hinkle. Guin and her guardian angel were reunited the day after she was admitted to the hospital.
Guin calls Hinkle her guardian angel and hero, but Hinkle disagrees. He was just in the right place at the right time.
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