PICTURED: Tammi Arrington identified as Good Samaritan who pulled paralyzed Dennis Brown out of burning car after it erupted in flames in Dallas – as the pair are now set to reunite
- Wheelchair-bound Dennis Brown was pulled from a burning car by the passing woman in Dallas on Sunday – a selfless act that he says likely saved his life
- Identified Wednesday as Tammi Arrington, 42, the mom-of-one had been visiting from Mississippi when the ordeal occurred, and is now set to reunite with Brown
- Arrington managed to retrieve him from the burning wreck by selflessly putting herself in harm’s way – even though the car could have combusted at any point
The Good Samaritan who selflessly pulled a paralyzed man from a burning car has now been identified – after her selfless act likely saved his life.
Mom-of-one Tammi Arrington, 42, was visiting Dallas from Mississippi when she witnessed wheelchair-bound Dallas local Dennis Brown struggling to get out of his burning rental car and ran to help him out.
Brown, who is paralyzed from the waist down after being shot when he was 22, described his savior as an ‘angel’ after she helped him escaped the blaze unscathed on Sunday – as nail-biting video shows just how close he came to being burned alive.
The pair lost touch in the frenzied aftermath and Brown posted to social media to share a news report showing footage of the ordeal – a post which Arrington thankfully saw.
On Wednesday Brown revealed the pair have now made plans to meet again in person, and Arrington said she was ‘looking forward to having dinner with you and your sweet Momma’ the next time she’s in Dallas.
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‘I’m so glad you are OK and glad that we reconnected,’ Arrington wrote to Brown, after the Texan expressed a desire to track her down.
‘I’m looking forward to having dinner with you and your sweet Momma when I come back to Dallas’.
Brown then posted: ‘I would like to thank all who checked on me and wish me well through this terrifying ordeal. God is Almighty.
‘The lady who risked her life and safety with her courageous and heroic act pulling me out of the burning vehicle we have reached out and talked this morning. Her name is Tammi Arrington of Mississippi.
‘There will be news coverage of our reunion very soon,’ he added . ‘Right now I’m still trying to wrap my head around all of this.
‘Once again thank you all.’
Brown also revealed that Enterprise – one of the country’s biggest car rental providers – had ‘reached out refunding all charges with apologies for what happened.’
He did not specify what exactly spurred the apparent engine fire.
He told FOX 4: ‘I had rented a car from Enterprise… and this particular car was equipped with a hand control.
‘I have been in this particular car several times. It seemed like the car was [about to] give out,’ he said, adding that at some point on Sunday, ‘I looked up, [and] the front end was on fire.’
Still inside at this point, Brown recalled how he began to panic as he struggled to quickly piece together his wheelchair.
Just as he began to lose hope, he recalled, Arrington appeared at his side. Brown recalled how she initially tried to assemble his wheelchair while the car was ablaze, but soon gave up when she realized the gravity of the situation.
‘The car is ablaze now – it’s burning now,’ he recalled two days after the close call.
‘She’s trying to put my wheelchair together – She is panicking. I’m like, “Oh, wow; Oh wow – This isn’t going to happen,’ he remembered.
Fortunately, after much struggling, Brown said, the mother – whose son is still in the second grade, according to her social media – was able to free him from the fire hazard, which moments later was filmed completely burned out by another passerby.
It was not clear if the car, a rental from a local Enterprise branch, ever exploded, though the comments offered by Brown to the Fox affiliate suggested the vehicle had already been encountering problems.
Firefighters were filmed attempting to put out the engine inferno soon after, following Arrington’s brave, impromptu rescue operation.
Less than a day earlier, Brown lamented to Fox 4 how he had temporarily lost touch with Arrington, after he failed to get her name before she went back to a house where she had been visiting.
‘I’d like to appreciate her for her heroic act,’ he told the station at the time, appearing at a point with his elderly mother by his side.
‘She went into harm’s way to save me. Dragged me out. I’d like to get the chance to thank her.’
His mother, Julia, added: ‘I almost lost my child in this burning car,” she said. “I cannot thank her enough. If she had not pulled him out, he would have burned in that car. She was his angel’.
Brown added of how appreciative he is to his unlikely hero, who he said has given him now a third lease on life.
He told the Fox affiliate: ‘Life is beautiful, even from a sitting down position’.