Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx turned real-life hero on Monday (Jan 18) when he pulled a 32-year-old man from a burning truck.
The next day, the man's dad visited Foxx at his home to thank him, and the actor shared their touching embrace on his Instagram account.
According to a report on the Huffington Post website, Foxx heard a loud crash near his home in Hidden Valley, California, on Monday night and rushed outside.
He discovered a truck, flipped on its side and almost engulfed in flames, with the vehicle’s driver still trapped inside.
With another man's help, Foxx managed to pull the driver, 32-year-old Brett Kyle, out of the truck before fire completely overwhelmed the vehicle.
“As we pulled him out, within five seconds… the truck goes up (in flames),” Foxx told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.
Foxx and an off-duty emergency medical technician cut Kyle out of his seat belt and dragged him out of the pickup, said CNN.
Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Mike Lindbery told CNN that Kyle was taken to the hospital with burn injuries.
Of the rescue, he said: "It was a pretty courageous thing to do. It's rare these days that you find someone willing to jump in to help like that."
Said Foxx: “I don’t look at it as heroic. I just look at it as, you know, you just had to do something. And it all worked out.”
Foxx said Kyle’s father, Brad, came to his home the next day to thank him.
The emotional dad told CBS Los Angeles how grateful he was for Foxx’s quick action.
“I think we all hope that we can do something when the time is there. But the question is do we act or do we fear our own lives, and he did not,” said Brad Kyle.
Foxx "was here when he needed to be here. He was here for my son. And as far as I am concerned, he saved his life”.
The actor shared a photograph of him embracing Kyle's dad.
“This is all that matters,” the Oscar-winning actor wrote. “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.”
Kyle was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, reports said.
A collision report documented that he had major head, chest, neck and waist trauma, said CNN.
The accident is under investigation.