Teenagers trapped in flipped car as it fills with water. What stranger does—’adrenaline takes over’

"Your body is going to do whatever it takes."
February 12, 2018 3:15 pm Last Updated: February 12, 2018 3:15 pm

Heroes come in all different shapes and sizes. Anyone can be a brave person; it’s just a matter of the opportunity presenting itself, and taking action.

Those who go beyond their call as civilians are usually embraced by the community. They’re revered, honored, and congratulated for doing the right thing.

But what about the hero that doesn’t make oneself known? Instantly, images of a caped crusader swooping down at the hour of need from the shadows and saving a life begins to emerge.

Alex Pineo and his girlfriend Cassidy Jones weren’t exactly sure whom to thank for being rescued from their car after a bad accident. Pineo intended to find out.

Teenagers Alex Pineo and Cassidy Jones were in an accident earlier this month in Nova Scotia, trapped in their car as it was filling with water.

Posted by Alex Pineo on Saturday, February 3, 2018

“I flipped my vehicle on church street in Kentville . . . Silver Subaru Impreza,” Pineo wrote in a Facebook post after his accident.

Pineo and Jones were in bad shape, and were lucky that in their moment of need, a man named Richard Kirk, 33, was driving along the same road.

“I didn’t know if I could hear somebody or not. I thought it might be the wind howling,” Kirk said to CBC.com.

As he neared the vehicle, he could make out the screams of the two adolescents. He hurried down the embankment and quickly tried to get them out of the car.

“They were saying, ‘Help, help, help! Get us out. There’s water around here,'” Kirk said.

The car was filling up with water, and Richard Kirk kicked out the back window and pulled the teens to safety.

Posted by Alex Pineo on Saturday, February 3, 2018

Police and emergency services were already on their way to the site. Kirk called 911 as he was approaching the vehicle.

It wasn’t until he got closer that he realized how urgent the situation was. The teens were flipped outside down in a car rapidly filling with water.

“Obviously adrenaline takes over. Your body is going to do whatever it takes.”

He busted out the back window of the car and pulled the two teens to safety.

Kirk was already running late for dinner, and went straight home to his wife and children after the paramedics arrived. In the confusion of the moment, the couple failed to recognize the man who’d just saved their life.

Pineo made a post on Facebook to try tracking down the man who rescued them.

Posted by Alex Pineo on Thursday, July 16, 2015

It didn’t take long to identify Kirk as the hero and the couple was able to give him thanks. Though in his own home, his wife had already given him that title.

“I said, I’m sorry I was late. I pulled two people out of a car upside down in a ditch,” Kirk said. “And she instantly dropped the ladle of chili she had, and she looked at me and she said, ‘You did what?'”

“So I told her the story of what happened. And she said. ‘Huh! You’re a hero.’ Well, I guess you could call it that.”

Kirk said he couldn’t image how heavy it would weigh on someone’s conscience if they saw the overturned car and didn’t stop to help. He is just glad the kids he saved are alright.

In all, the rescue only resulted in one very minor inconvenience for him:

“A little bit of cold feet ain’t nothing. Socks were wet,” he said.