young men risked their own lives to save a trucker from a burning
tanker truck Sept. 16 in Detroit, according to the Detroit Free
6:30 p.m., trucker Joel Puz’s tanker flipped over in the northbound
lane of I-75 in southwest Detroit. Witnesses say the accident was
caused when another truck cut in front of the tanker. Puz knocked
out the windshield and crawled out of the burning truck, but his
injuries made it difficult to crawl any further.
the same time, Cedric Redus, Latoris Shepherd and Michael Travis
were on their way home from a basketball game when they saw the
other truck cut off Puz’s tanker. The three 20-year-old men watched
the tanker flip onto its side, slide about 15 feet and catch fire.
Redus backed his car up the freeway exit onto the service road and
ran to help, jumping a fence to get to the accident scene. They
carried Puz on their backs to a grassy area safely away from the
later, the tanker exploded into a ball of fire that would have engulfed
Puz, a 34-year-old father of three, had the three young men not
pulled him to safety. Puz was treated for burns and possible broken
bones at Detroit Receiving Hospital, according to the newspaper
Free Press reported that the Initial Transportation tanker was
carrying 13,400 gallons of gas picked up from a nearby oil refinery.
three young men told the newspaper they didn’t think twice about
helping Puz. Travis said, "If that was your father, wouldn't
you want someone to help?"