A recent North Carolina college graduate helped save a Bertie County Sheriff's deputy from a fiery car crash New Year's Eve.

The incident happened around 7:30 p.m on N.C. 308 near Lewiston Woodville.

A deputy received a call and tried to turn his car around in the road, said Dajour Keemer, 22, who was with two friends in a car traveling behind the deputy.

But in the rain, the deputy’s car left the road and crashed. The wrecked cruiser was smoldering after the wreck.

“In that moment, my first thought was ‘I can’t let this man die in front of me’,” Keemer said.

Keemer and a friend managed to pull the deputy from the car just as the cruiser burst into flames, WAVY reports.

“I tell people I was only doing what God put me in position to do,” Keemer said about the rescue.

The deputy was set to undergo surgery after the crash and is recovering at a hospital in Greenville.

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