Woman thanks man who saved her life during crash

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) -- People often see humanity at its best during tragedies, as people step up to help however they can.

That’s what two Sioux Falls Storm players did as they rushed to save a woman from a burning car in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Their brave actions saved the woman's life last month.

Tuesday, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue honored Jermaine Robinson and Brandon Peguese with a Citizen Hero Award, but only Robinson was at the ceremony. Robinson and the woman he helped save, said the reunion was what they had been waiting for.

“I've never met that lady and to know that I'm going to have a permanent place in her heart, that's going to have her blessings, I mean that's more than any plaque. That's more than any award any type of thing like that. Just to know that somebody can see another day,” Robinson said.

It was a regular day for Robinson and Peguese until they saw something that would change their lives forever.

“I could have swore I saw the arrow be green and so I started turning, and then it turned yellow and seen this car, I knew, I knew they were going to hit me and I knew it wasn't going to be good,” crash victim Tami Crate said.

“I just felt like I had to get out. We didn't think about it we just stopped the car and ran over there. Both of us had one foot out of the car. We didn't even really get a chance to put the car in park. She was kind of slumped under the steering wheel because the airbags had popped and instantly it just went up in flames,” Robinson said.

Without even thinking about it, “We just grabbed her out as quick as possible and drug her over to the parking lot and I just held her hand. We just waited until the paramedics and fire department came,” Robinson said.

That heroic act saved Crate’s life.

“I'll never be able to thank them enough. How do you thank somebody or what do you say to somebody that literally saved your life, you know?” Crate said.

“This car was in flames when he went to it, you know, both of them so, and without them she would not be here today. There's not enough words to thank somebody for sacrificing that much,” said Crate's brother, Aric Tanner.

“You really don't see that type of, that reaction, that emotion. I felt it and it made me feel good, and I will always remember that for the rest of my life,” Robinson said.

Peguese, the other man who helped saved Tami’s life, wasn’t able to make it to the ceremony, but Tami’s brother said they plan to add a little something extra with his plaque so he knows how grateful the family is. Tami also gave Jermaine a gift at today's ceremony. She said it was a heart rock to show him how much she loved his courage during this emotional time.

Read the original version of this article at ksfy.com.

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