Teen hailed a hero after rescuing man in ravine

Teen hailed a hero after rescuing man in ravine

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 21 at 4:42 AM

CATAWBA, S.C. -- A 17-year-old girl is being called a hero after she raced down a ravine to save a man trapped in his wrecked car.

It happened last Saturday on Rowell Road in Catawba, South Carolina.

Rescue workers credit Emily Lambert with saving the man's life.

“He broke that tree when he came in and scraped all the bark off that tree when he hit it and came down,” Lambert said, pointing out where the SUV landed.  “We rode past and out of the corner of my eye I saw lights.  I said, 'Is anyone down there, is anyone hurt?'  He said, 'Yeah I’m pinned.'  My thought was he's pinned, I need to get down there and help him.”

Her grandparents waited in the car, worried.  The SUV was on its side, the driver half out of the car and pinned underneath.

“I said, 'Can you breathe good?'  He said, 'Kind of, it's crushing my ribs,'” said Lambert.

Her cell phone offered the only light as they waited for the official rescue team.

“So I lay there and I told him, 'You need to keep squeezing my hand' because he was going in and out so I told him, 'You just keep squeezing my hand,'” she said.

The man is reportedly OK and out of the hospital.

“I feel proud.  Now that I look back on it, I'm like gosh, I don't even know how that happened,” Lambert said.

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