Charlotte, North Carolina
On a typical Monday afternoon, Staff Sergeant Cory Hinkle had no idea what was in store for him. On his drive home from the National Guard base located in Charlotte, Hinkle witnessed a collision directly in front of him.
Hinkle stated, “I saw the cars in front of me just slam into each other and dust and smoke go everywhere.”
Instinct kicked in for the Staff Sergeant as he “didn’t think twice” about running toward the car, even though it was smoking. As he approached the vehicle, Hinkle found a 28 year old named Brandy Guin who was trying to get out but was having trouble due to a broken ankle.
According to Brandy Guin “[a]s the fire started to spread in my car, the shocks started to explode and hot debris was flying everywhere.” At that point, Cory Winkle shielded the young woman with his own body, telling her “it’s going to have to go through me to get to you.”
Upon the vehicle exploding, Hinkle was hit with shrapnel in his ankle, and even though things could have been much worse, the soldier remarked that he “wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.”
Cory Hinkle, has so far served 15 years in the military, as a veteran of the war in Iraq, he is no stranger to explosions. As for Brandy Guin, she told news outlets that she will “forever be indebted to him.”
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