CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -Miami assistant coach Stephen Field says he was only doing what seemed like the right thing and doesn't want any extra attention paid his way.
Still, after pulling an injured man from a smoking car, he's being lauded as a hero.
Field was driving near the interchange of Interstate 95 and the Palmetto Expressway - one of the most heavily traveled areas in South Florida - on Saturday afternoon when he saw a wrecked car on its side against a tree, with smoke billowing from its engine. He smashed the windshield with a hammer and lifted the injured driver to safety, all while gas fumes filled the air.
The man, whose identity was not released, was treated for ``minor'' injuries at Jackson Memorial Hospital, a spokeswoman there said Sunday night. It was unclear if the man was still hospitalized and the spokeswoman said she could not provide any other details, citing federal privacy laws.
ifferent for me. But I'm glad he's OK and if I had to do it again, I'd do it again 1,000 times.''
Field had just finished showing some Miami football recruits Dolphin Stadium, where the Hurricanes play their home games, and was getting back on the highway to head home and prepare for a dinner. Shortly after leaving the stadium, he drove up to the crash scene and noticed a number of people had stopped to see what happened.
What Field didn't realize was that the small car with heavily tinted windows was stuck in muddy turf and wasn't stable.
``The paramedics told me when they got there that at any given time, that car could have dropped on top of us,'' Field said.
Adding to Field's angst was this: Because of the tint on the windows, he couldn't immediately ascertain if anyone was inside - but he was able to make out a car seat in the back, and was quickly gripped by fear that a small child was in jeopardy.
``It was a freaky, creepy thing seeing that seat,'' Field said. ``My heart dropped. And at that point, I didn't even care. I was getting in that car, whatever it took.''
Miami coach Randy Shannon said his coaching staff was referring to Field as a hero, knowing that he wasn't in any way comfortable with that label.
Field did not realize what he was doing was dangerous, Shannon said.
``He went over and asked if everybody was OK,'' Shannon said. ``He just looked inside a car and saw a guy laid out ... so he broke the window and pulled him out because the car was smoking.''
Field said he hardly was the only Good Samaritan at the scene.
``It wasn't just me,'' Field said. ``A lot of people stopped and helped, and I don't know their names, but I know they were goodhearted, great people.''
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