RIVERVIEW, Mich. (WJBK) - She was moments away from death - an elderly woman trapped in her vehicle sinking further and further into an icy retention pond. Everyone on the scene was frozen unsure what to do until a Good Samaritan appeared and became her super hero.
The 79-year-old woman was rear-ended on King Road in Riverview. She lost control of her SUV and drove right into a retention pond.
"My first instinct was, just get in and help," Kyle Plocharczyk said.
Plocharczyk risked his life to save a life.
The 30-year-old construction worker turned reluctant hero says he nearly drowned in the icy water trying to get to the 79-year-old woman inside the Jeep.
Once I got to her she was delirious," he said. "She couldn't understand what had happened, she didn't know where are door locks were, she didn't know where her seatbelt was. She was strapped in and all I could do was bang on the window and say 'Ma'am, undo your seatbelt please.'"
The woman unbuckled the seatbelt and Kyle got through to her but he could barely open the driver side door. It was stuck in the mud and the SUV was filling up fast.
"I put my right foot against what would be her center beam and just pulled as hard as I could with both hands on the door and it opened up," he said.
Plocharczyk says by then the vehicle was almost fully submerged with the water up to the woman's chin.
He was then able to get her out. The woman was rushed to Beaumont Southshore where she later met with the man first responders say saved her life.
"Her children hugged me, thanked me and said, 'Sir I don't know what I would've done without you because no one else was helping me and I was dying.'
"I said 'Ma'am you owe me nothing.'"
First responders arrived shortly after Kyle rescued the woman the Downriver Dive Team helped tow truck drivers haul her SUV from what would've been a watery grave.
She's back home and Kyle is insisting he's no hero.
FOX 2: "What is it like knowing you saved that woman's life?"
"It was something natural that my dad gave to me," Kyle said. "He has saved lives when he was a police officer. I did what I guess is in my blood."