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Published August 28, 2012, 10:26 AM

Hardees' employee springs into action to save man from burning car

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - An employee at a Fargo Hardees' is being credited with saving a man's life after pulling him from a burning vehicle. Tim Koester jumped into action when a car started on fire in the parking lot.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - An employee at a Fargo Hardees' is being credited with saving a man's life after pulling him from a burning vehicle. Tim Koester jumped into action when a car started on fire in the parking lot.

Tim Koester – Hardees’ Employee: “There were flames, there was smoke.”

Tim Koester was working the overnight shift at the Hardees' drive-through when a customer told him there was a car on fire in the parking lot. Tim immediately jumped into action. He ran to the car, and began pounding on the windows.

Tim Koester: “Try to wake him up. There's fire right there, he's not opening the door, he's not believing me, so I'm yelling at him.”

The man, 50 year-old Ryan Joseph Fox, of Fargo, had been unconscious, and seemed disoriented. He finally opened the door, and Tim helped him out of his seatbelt as the fire spread. When Fox was freed, Tim helped him to safety.

Tim Koester: “Where I was just standing 20-15 seconds ago, and where he was sitting in his car, that's where the flames were.”

Firefighters and police arrived shortly after and put out the fire. After pulling the man from the burning vehicle, Tim took about an hour break, then returned to work to finish his shift that morning. Since then, he's gotten lots of attention and accolades from fellow co-workers.

Tim Koester: “They joke around with me. They're messing with me, asking me for my autograph.”

Lindsey Weiss – Hardees’ General Manager: “We've never had anything like this, so it's definitely odd. But, it's also very good, you know, to have a person like that out here that's willing to do something like that.”

Though his personal safety could have been in danger, Tim says he doesn't think it could have happened any other way.

Tim Koester: “You don't have time to decide, you just do it. There's no possible way to think. You focus on the most important thing in life at that particular moment, and you do it.”

Ryan Fox was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The fire started in the trunk, and was ruled unintentional. The 2006 Audi was a total loss.

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