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Continued: Good Samaritan pulls man from burning vehicle on I-35W

  • Article by: JAMES WALSH and LIBOR JANY , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Last update: July 1, 2014 - 5:57 AM

“The first thing I did was hug my daughter,” Johannes said. “I am pretty emotional right now.”

Renning said Monday that he’s never done anything like that before. Time, he said, kind of stood still.

“I’m still not sure exactly how I did it,” he said.

As for Johannes, he said he plans to call Renning very soon and thank him.

“I have to talk to him,” he said. “I really want him to be recognized. Did you see the door? Did you see it? He saved my life.”


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    Robert Renning of Woodbury rescued a man from a burning vehicle after the car’s doors and power windows failed.

  • Minnesota State Patrol examine the charred vehicle on I-35W after a daring rescue by Renning, above left, who bent a door in half to save Johannes.

  • Bob Renning, of Woodbury, saved a man inside a burning car on I-35W.

  • Mike Johannes, after the rescue, is still sorting out his emotions.

  • The skeletal remains of a burnt car on I-35W, where a motorist was trapped before being rescued by a Woodbury man.

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