A homeless man from the Houston area is being called to save a deputy following a deadly car crash.
The wreck happened on Laura Koppe Road and Lockwood on Wednesday night, according to NBC affiliate KPRC.
The deputy followed a suspected robber. Then the deputy crashed into another vehicle. The impact killed the other car’s driver and sent several people to the hospital.
The deputy had to be pulled from his patrol unit after it caught fire. Johnny Lee Walker said he didn’t think twice when he decided to help, but he doesn’t think of himself as a hero.
“When it comes to a burning car, you go to that burning car,” Walker, who rescued the deputy. “I was thinking, ‘the car was going to blow, let me help this man. If he dies, he won’t die alone. We’ll die together, but let me get him out of this car.’”
“I’m hoping any human would have that much humanity for another person,” said Walker.
A Houston news station reported on the crash and shared Walker’s picture, which led him to meet his family again.
“When I saw that video, oh my goodness, I can’t describe it,” said Walker’s sister Monica Collins. “We thought he had passed away.”
Walker’s family said they had not been in touch with him since Thanksgiving, and they thought he was dead after they got a call on Christmas Eve that he had been stabbed in a robbery.
Collins and her mother had filed a missing person report for Walker and searched around the city until they finally saw Walker on TV. Then they drove to northeast Houston to meet with him.
An incredible silver lining to an awful story. Johnny Walker has been homeless for years. His family was told he may have been killed in a stabbing. They’ve been searching daily.. but then saw him on the news this morning! He helped rescue the deputy from the burning car. @KHOU pic.twitter.com/S4urXG9Cwa
— Janelle Bludau (@JanelleKHOU) January 13, 2022
“When we got to him, he was just really upset that he couldn’t help the lady,” Collins said, referring to the woman who was killed in the crash.
Collins said they plan to put Walker up in a hotel for the next few days, and they hope to stay in touch.