Man rescued from flood waters reunited with good samaritans

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“They risked their lives to save mine,” said Bruce Salley, who was rescued by two bystanders who jumped into action as his car was washed away by flooding water.

The 70 year-old says he stopped for dinner when he was caught in Monday’s flooding.

“When I went down that road, I was doing ok until I got to a certain point,” said Salley. “Then, the car started to move.”

A day later, Salley reunited with Mark Pickett and Ryan Craig — the strangers who rescued him. Tragedy was averted when the Rockford men jumped into action. Salley says there aren’t enough words to express how thankful he is.

“I’m glad they were at the right place at the right time,” said Salley. “Otherwise, I couldn’t have done anything.”

Both Pickett and Craig say they’re happy to be able to be here together, considering how things could have gone if they weren’t there Monday night.

“This man is telling me thank you,” said Pickett. “He’s very appreciative and grateful that we saved his life. It’s going to take some time to sink in.”

“He’s a good guy,” said Crag. “He’s got a great personality and he’s full of life.”

The moment replays in Pickett’s mind constantly. He adds they never sought out attention — they just did the right thing.

“We didn’t have time to think,” said Pickett. “It was just hurry up and go help the guy. It’s all we could do, it’s all we thought. Just to hurry up and help that guy.”

Craig cut up his hand clearing glass shards off for Salley’s exit — he’s got sixteen stitches. He says he finally watched the now viral video after he got home Monday night.

“It was blurry spots trying to just think [back],” said Craig. “But. to see it and see what you’re doing and what they’re doing, their actions, it’s pretty crazy.”

Salley says he plans on taking both Craig and Pickett out for steak as a thank you for saving his life.

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