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Good Samaritans save man from burning van at DFW Int'l Airport

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The Griffins are a pretty close knit family.

They will be eternally grateful to the Good Samaritan who saved their loved one, by pulling him out of a burning minivan.

T.J. is a quadriplegic and is paralyzed from the chest down.

Friday morning he was in his retrofitted minivan about to drive out DFW International Airport.

"I look in the back in my rearview mirror I just see flames," said T.J. Griffin.

With the electrical components of the vehicle on fire, he could not lower his wheelchair and get out in time. He was trapped.

"I was freaking out.  I couldn't get out, so I rolled down my window and started yelling for help," said Griffin.

"I saw some smoke come out of the minivan, some flames come out of the back I sprinted over towards it", said Walter Vaughn. He was working valet in terminal A. He's a father of seven who works two jobs to support his family.

He never thought about his own safety.

"I asked him to lean into me. He's like, I can't.  So I had to go into the car and physically grab him and pull him out," said Vaughn

"At that time that's when the flames hit my ear and singed my hair.  I looked up and I could see the flames coming at me," said T.J. Griffin.

 Women standing nearby helped Walter Vaughn carry T.J. Griffin over to a spot about ten feet away.

Walter Vaughn wasn't even supposed to be at work Friday. It was his day off and he picked up an extra shift at the last minute.

"I'd say there was an angel sitting next to me, tapping me, going hey go over there, hurry," said Vaughn.

The minivan is a total loss. A charred spot remains on the curb where it burst into flames.

"There are great people in the world. Walter Vaughn is living proof of that," said Griffin.        

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