Farmington man risks his own life to save another

Created: 07/03/2014 4:54 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Standing in a burned spot, not far from the road, he swatted a fly away from his face and said, “I was just in the right place at the right time.”

That place was not far from where this truck came to a rest after flying off the road and rolling several times with the driver still inside. That time was June 26th, not long after noon.

“I could see the gentlemen hanging in the vehicle so I kicked the windshield in,” said Cody Palmer. Palmer was working not far from the site of the wreck. He works in the field for BP.

Without a moment of hesitation and despite growing flames, Palmer jumped into action.

“The fire wasn't small, it wasn't small by no means, it was a big fire.”

Cell phone video obtained by KOB Eyewitness News Four shows the pickup truck on its right side and flames blooming from the cab of the truck, and it was about to get worse.

With seconds to spare, Palmer kicked in the window.

“So I started pulling him towards the plywood and the gas tank and everything blew up.”

After relating the whole story where it happened, Palmer declined to classify his actions as making him a Hero.

”Cause there are people that do it every day,” he said.

Palmer had a few cuts and burns after he rescued the driver but as we visited the site of the wreck today, he told us that his co-workers think he is a hero.

“It’s hard for me to deal with it, there’s a lot of people who say they wouldn't have ran into that fire, pull that gentleman out. All I can think is if you were put in that situation and heard that man scream you would have done everything in your power to get him out.”

Video clearly shows another man near the wreck, who Palmer said told him the driver, was already dead. The man advised Palmer to not try and get the driver out. That driver and his family are surely grateful that Palmer didn’t take that advice.

“There is no doubt that I would do it again, just because of the fact that that guy is laying in the hospital in Albuquerque,” said Palmer, “He is going to be able to function and walk again and he is going to be able to see another day.”

KOB welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the rules of conduct set forth in our Terms of Use. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Use.