Tenn. CO rescues woman, 2 children from burning vehicle

Leon Odom witnessed a vehicle swerve across a highway, hit two trees and burst into flames


By Sarah Calams

MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. — A corrections officer is being hailed a hero after saving a woman and her two children from a burning vehicle.

WCYB.com reported that Northeast Correctional Complex Officer Leon Odom witnessed a vehicle swerve across a highway, hit two trees and burst into flames. Odom, who rushed to the crashed vehicle, found the woman unconscious and her two children were trapped in their car seats.

Without thinking twice, Odom jumped into the backseat of the vehicle to cut the car seats, saving the two children. He returned to save their mother. 

"I'm no hero. I imagine anyone who was in my shoes would have done the same," Odom said. "More than anything, I'd just like to ask everyone to keep those two little girls in your prayers."

The woman and her children sustained severe burns, but they are expected to make a full recovery.

 

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Posted by Tennessee Department of Correction on Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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