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Published December 31, 2012, 05:09 PM

A look back at our favorite stories: Hardees' employee saves a man's life

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- We continue our look back at our favorite stories of the year with Becky Parker's report on a Fargo Hardees' employee, who was credited with saving a man's life after pulling him from a burning vehicle.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- We continue our look back at our favorite stories of the year with Becky Parker's report on a Fargo Hardees' employee, who was credited with saving a man's life after pulling him from a burning vehicle.

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

Lindsey Weiss: "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: "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."

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