Usually around this time of year, Santa Claus is preparing his journey from the North Pole to deliver presents to good little girls and boys. However, Santa made a pit stop in Dallas, Tex. on Tuesday to save a man from a burning truck after a two-car collision was caught on video.
A man dressed in a Santa suit, which turned out to be former volunteer firefighter Brad Luddeke from Arlington, Tex., was a superhero. Luddeke reportedly saved a man who was just involved in a two-car collision from being burned in his truck, which was up in flames.
As soon as I grabbed his jacket and pulled him away, I said, 'Your car's on fire,' Luddeke told WFAA-TV. We turned to leave, and I guess the battery exploded. And that's when everything went up.
WFAA reported that Luddeke, dressed as Santa, directed traffic around the accident on Belt Line Road on Interstate 635 until Coppell and Irving Fire Department officials arrived on the scene.
A witness, Margie Culberson, snapped a photo of Santa saving a man from a burning vehicle, though police said they have no record of a Santa on the scene.
It must have just happened. It was a fireball and a lot of black smoke, she said.
According to WFAA-TV, every year, Luddeke dresses up as Santa Claus and delivers presents to families in need, which was what he was doing when he stumbled upon the accident.
The rescue was not only rewarding for the person whose life Luddeke saved, though he won't actually admit he saved someone's life, but for himself, as well.
Seven years ago, I lost my 17-year-old son in a single-vehicle accident, Luddeke told WFAA, admitting the loss of his son altered his life, which prompted the many good deeds he's done.
Brad Luddeke assures, though, that Santa will be on time to deliver tons of presents to boys and girls who have been good all year.
Santa won't be late this year kids, Luddeke said. Santa was just helping out when needed.