Woodbury Man Awarded for Bending Door to Rescue Man from Burning SUV

Updated: 07/23/2014 9:35 PM
Created: 07/23/2014 4:59 PM
By: Cassie Hart

A Woodbury man is being recognized for rescuing another man trapped inside a burning SUV along Interstate 35W in Roseville back in June.

Robert Renning was a man of action, but a man of few words, and was reluctant to accept praise Wednesday during a ceremony to honor his life-saving effort.

He passed much of the credit onto his girlfriend, who was with him at the time of the rescue.

He received the Roseville Fire Department's Award of Recognition. It comes less than a month after Mike Johannes' SUV started smoking as he drove down I-35W.

Johannes pulled over as the SUV was already filling with smoke. The doors were stuck shut, so Renning used his bare hands to bend a door frame and shatter the glass.

Johannes says he feels like Renning gave him a second chance.

"I took a lot for granted up until this point. I don't know how many years I have left, I gotta figure that out - on how I’m gonna make a difference," Johannes said.

Besides the award, Renning also had something for firefighters.

Renning is a member of the Minnesota Air National Guard and he gave firefighters a Military Challenge Coin for their work that night.

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