Reunion for man who was pulled from burning SUV

The Minneapolis man, pulled to safety by the superhuman strength of a Woodbury man, got a chance to meet each other again.

Bob Renning pulled Mike Johannes through a broken window in his burning SUV after he pried a locked door open on Sunday night on I-35W.

“I just didn’t feel it was gonna be my time,” Johannes said. “There’s no way I wanted to burn.”

CBS This Morning today reported on their “reunion” last evening.

“I still don’t know how I did this, but I managed to get my fingers in behind the door frame along the top, and just started pulling until the glass shattered,” Renning said.

Johannes knew what he had to do.

“I saw the light towards the passenger side, and I just went for it,” he said. “And then he grabbed my hands and just pulled me out and we rolled into the ditch.”

Johannes was treated for smoke inhalation. He also suffered a few cuts and bruises and feels a little sore, but is thankful to be alive.

“I owe a debt of gratitude to Bob,” Johannes said. “He saved my life. There’s a 7-year-old girl, and my wife that owe a lot.”


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  • tboom

    “Renning thinks he did what most people would have done …”.

    Everyday heroes always say this.

    Yes there are many people that would have attempted to do what Bob did, but I believe most people would have just dialed 911 and driven past the unfolding tragedy. Sadly many would have just stopped to film the disaster (in fairness, the cell phone recording that was taken appears to begin after Mike’s car was fully in flames).

    Bob Renning risked injury and life. Bob is a hero.