A 20-year-old hockey player from Toronto recorded the ultimate assist earlier this week when he helped save a New York State National Guardsman who was trapped inside a burning vehicle.
Kevin Shier, a forward for the Toronto Patriots Jr. A club, was one of five men who stopped to aid the soldier on Monday, according to an article posted on the Ontario Junior Hockey League's official website.
The group, driving through New York state at the time, were en route to visit a nearby college campus. They saw smoke in the distance, pulled over, and quickly discovered an unconscious man inside a truck.
After the group pried open one of the vehicle's doors, Shier and another man lifted 33-year-old Timothy Neild to safety.
The truck exploded 30 seconds later.
"All I kept remembering afterward was that a guy was giving him CPR," Shier told the OJHL, "and was yelling at him not to (expletive) die, telling him that he had done too much for his country to go like this."
"You see people doing things like that on the news, but you never think it's going to happen to you, but obviously I'm glad we stopped and helped out," Shier added.
Neild remains in critical condition at a nearby hospital, according to the OJHL.