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Academy Award winner and former stand-up comic Jamie Foxx has been praised by the father of a man who was saved by the actor after his car crashed and burst into flames. The incident took place outside Foxx’s home in Thousand Oaks, southern California on the evening of Monday 18 January, with Foxx being assisted by an off-duty paramedic.
Having heard a collision outside his home, Foxx dialled 911 before making his way to the scene of the accident, where he found thirty-two-year-old Brett Kyle trapped inside his vehicle. TMZ, who first reported the incident, revealed that ‘cops and firefighters eventually got there and transported the victim to a hospital with major injuries, including burns.’
When detailing his actions and that of the paramedic in an on-the-scene interview with ABC Foxx said, ‘He has EMT scissors. He hits the window, clears the glass, I climb in and I try and hit his seatbelt, but he’s hovered over so his seatbelt is on him. So I grab the scissors, cut the seatbelt but it’s on his neck. We cut it off his neck.’
Foxx continued, ‘And then as the flames do come into the cabin I leaned back, but I think what it did was it hit his legs, which made him extend…And when he extends he extends out of the cabin, we pull him out, and as we pull him out within five seconds later the truck goes up.’The forty-eight-year-old star, best known for his Oscar-winning performance as Ray Charles and Quentin Tarantino’s western Django Unchained, was praised for his actions by Brad Kyle, Brett’s father. In an emotional speech Kyle said, ‘It doesn’t matter to me who it was or what they do for a living, just the idea that someone would do that is so much more than I can fathom. There’s just tears of joy. He’s got two sisters and a brother and they would have lost their brother if it wasn’t for him.’
Brett Kyle reportedly escaped the vehicle with broken bones and a punctured lung but no burns, according to ABC reporter Rob Hayes, while footage allegedly showed cars driving by the crash without stopping. ‘The name of the paramedic who stopped and helped was not immediately available,’ explained the Guardian.
Foxx shared a photograph of himself embracing Brad Kyle on Instagram with the caption, ‘Met the father of the young man from last night today. This is all that matters. That a man, a son, a brother’s life was spared last night. God had his arms wrapped around all of us…No heroes…Just happy fathers.’