Former Arkansas-Pine Bluff baseball player Wilton Guzman went above and beyond his civic duty late Friday night by saving a man from a burning car.
Walking back from a friend’s house, Guzman noticed that a parked car near the UAPB dormitories was smoking.
“The hood of the car was smokey and stuff,” Guzman said. “We didn’t pay much attention to it.
“But just before we went into the dorm, we said, ‘We should check to see if somebody is in there, because that’s unusual.”
When Guzman approached the car, he noticed the music was blasting and could see someone was sleeping in it.
“He was sleeping, but we thought he was damn-near dead,” Guzman said.
Guzman tapped on the window but he did not get a response.
“So I started banging on it, until I realized it was unlock,” Guzman said. “I grabbed him because I saw a fire starting under the car.”
Guzman said the man — who was about average build and height — was in shock.
“He was in shock, I don’t think he knew what was going on,” Guzman said. “I’m guessing he was intoxicated or something but that didn’t matter.”
Guzman said he pulled the man out of the way and then the car “exploded like twice.”
“If I had gotten up there like five minutes later, it would have been bad,” Guzman said.
Guzman said the man was asleep but his foot was on the gas pedal and the speedometer was at 120 MPH.
“We got him out of there just in time,” Guzman said.
Guzman said he was glad he was there to help.
“It is not every day someone is out at that time,” Guzman said. “I’m just glad I was there.”
UAPB head coach Carlos James — who didn’t find out about the incident until Saturday afternoon — said that is just the kind of guy Guzman is.
“That doesn’t surprise me at all,” James said. “He is a stand-up guy. So for him to do that, is not surprising.
“I’m proud of him.”