Army recruiter rescues couple from smoking car that hit deer

Posted at 10:29 PM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 22:29:45-04

PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, PA (WNEP/CNN) - Estevan Azocar and his wife were headed home after a concert in Ohio Monday when a car just ahead of them hit a deer. 

The car managed to pull over onto a narrow shoulder, and it started filling up with smoke.

"It had gotten to like a real movie scenario where you see them struggling. They couldn't breathe and the vehicle wouldn't open. I did everything I could to try to find something to bust the window," Azocar said.

Azocar is an Army recruiter, and he works at a restaurant near the Pittston area in Pennsylvania.

Staff Sergeant Azocar pulled over on the shoulder and ran to rescue the husband and wife trapped in the car.

He said they couldn't figure out how to unlock it because it was a rental. 

With his adrenaline pumping, he used a crowbar to break a window.  He unlocked the door, and pulled them to safety.

No less than a minute later, a tractor trailer came along and slammed into the rental car. Azocar, the husband and wife got out of the way just in time.

"I don't know how I went from point A to point B, but I was standing in the road and I ended up jumping past the median, busted up my foot pretty bad," Azocar said.

He said if there's anything he's learned from the experience, it's to appreciate every moment in life.

"I didn't care if I had to bust it with my hand, I just wanted to get them out of there," Azocar said.

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