On Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, NC Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Cory Hinkle, an AGR NCO assigned to 1-113th Field Artillery Battalion, was on his way home from work when he witnessed the car in front of him get hit head on when a car from oncoming traffic swerved into his lane.
Hinkle quickly parked his car, jumped out and rushed to help anyone injured in the violent collision. The car in front of him was already on fire as he opened the driver's door to a woman bleeding and semiconscious. Hinkle pulled her out of the burning car to the opposite side of the road and shielded her from explosions coming from the car's shocks and tires. A piece of shrapnel from one of the explosions hit Hinkle in the foot causing minor injuries. Hinkle remained by her side even as first responders began to treat her injuries (see photo). The occupants of the other car thankfully were not injured. The woman Hinkle rescued, Brandy Gardner Guin, from Shelby, was transported to a local hospital with severe injuries to her legs and feet. A few days later Hinkle was able to visit Guin and gave her a Army Teddy Bear to help her in her recovery.
Another story of a heroic NC Guardsmen running towards the incident in order to protect fellow citizens. #AlwaysReady #AlwaysThere #ReadyTeam #NCNGHeroes #lovewhatmatters