MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – A grieving father had the chance to thank the good Samaritans who pulled his children from a burning car.
The two young men who saved three Memphis children Sunday night in Coahoma County insist they aren't heroes. They want others to hear their story and never pass by an accident when victims need help.
Inside the burning car were three adults and three children. The adults didn't make it.
But because of a couple of strangers 9-year-old Kiara Taylor, 8-year-old Kylan Murry, and 9-year-old Lecedrick Lewis are alive in Memphis.
"You think about it a lot and you never forget it," Cody Rodgers said.
Shelby Clements and Cody Rodgers were the first to see the burning car.
"Went around door to door and finally got the back door and started pulling some of the kids out," said Shelby Clements.
When fire crews reached the scene, it was too late for the three adults in the car. One was Tonya Murry, mother to two of the children her husband Fredrick will now raise alone.
"I'm trying to block it out like it never happened but it just gets real hard," Murry said.
For the first time, I was able to put Murry in touch with the two young men who saved his two little ones and his nephew.
"Y'all risked your whole life to help me, a total stranger and I really appreciate that," Murry said to the two good Samaritans.
"No problem man, I don't look for any thanks at all in this whole incident I'm just glad I was able to help," Rodgers replied.
When we caught up with Murry earlier at the hospital he told us all three of the children have a long road ahead, but will eventually recover because of the courage of these two, who refuse to be called heroes.
"Saving lives I don't think anybody should want thanks from that," said Rodgers.
"It gives me a little more relief to know that they have someone else in the world, another parent. That was one of the hardest parts about it thinking that they were going to be all alone for the rest of their lives," Clements said.
Families of the good Samaritans made cards and an angel for the kids they only met for a moment in a frightening accident.