Tow truck driver saves man pinned under car

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by Tanya Mendis

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azfamily.com

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 15 at 5:47 AM

PHOENIX -- An off-duty tow truck driver saved the life of a man pinned under a car.

Travis Brown was heading into his job at AAA to pick up a few hours of overtime when he saw a yellow car lose control and careen off the road. He immediately pulled over to see what happened.

“I went down, looked over the top of the hill and I saw a female screaming, ‘He’s dead, he’s under the car!’” Brown sprang into action, grabbing his jack and rushing down the hill.

There he found a man trapped underneath the car with nothing but his head sticking out. Brown and another passerby used the jack to lift the car off of the man, and pulled him out from under the car.

“Immediately he took a big, deep breath and started breathing,” Brown said.

Medics arrived and raced 28-year-old David Koontz to John C. Lincoln Hospital, where he is being treated for a broken back and neck, burns on his body and internal injuries.

Koontz's grandmother said he would not be alive today without Brown.

“We just can’t say enough about him,” Crystal Hodges said. “He’s just an ordinary guy and he works miracles.”

The Phoenix Fire Department is going to be honoring Koontz for his bravery later this month.

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