Woodbury Man who Saved Driver from Burning SUV to be Honored

Updated: 07/17/2014 10:15 AM
Created: 07/17/2014 10:13 AM
By: Jennie Olson

A Woodbury man is being recognized after he used his bare hands to bend a door frame and save a driver from a burning SUV.

Fifty-two-year-old Robert Renning was driving southbound on Interstate 35W in Roseville on the evening of Sunday, June 29, when he passed a vehicle and noticed it was on fire.

Renning flagged down the driver, later identified as Michael Johannes, and they both pulled over.

The man’s SUV quickly became fully engulfed in smoke, and the electronic locks and windows weren’t working, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. With superhero strength, Renning used his bare hands to pry open one of the SUV’s door frames; the window glass shattered, and Renning was able to pull Johannes to safety.

Johannes only had minor injuries.

To recognize his quick thinking and bravery, the Roseville Fire Department will honor Renning on Wednesday, July 23. The award will be presented by Roseville Fire Chief Tim O’Neill, and Johannes is expected to be in attendance.

Photo: Facebook/Minnesota State Patrol

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