Texas hero Santa Brad Luddeke rescues driver from burning car before blast

Updated: 22 Dec 2011
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Hero: As if by magic Santa Claus appeared on the interstate directing traffic around the accident after saving someone's life
 
Brad Luddeke, a volunteer fire fighter, was coming back from delivering presents to children in need in the Santa gear
Real hero: Brad Luddeke, a volunteer fire fighter, was coming back from delivering presents to children in need in the Santa gear
 
Police had no record of the brave Santa Claus who helped out at the accident
Mystery: Police had no record of the brave Santa Claus who helped out at the accident
 
Though he is better known for giving presents to good boys and girls, it seems Santa Claus can add saving lives to his accolades.
 
He was spotted five days before Christmas at the scene of an accident in Dallas County, Texas, and not the North Pole, as you would think.
 
But there he appeared - as if by magic - when two cars collided and one of them set on fire.
 
He quickly sprang into action and pulled one of the drivers from his burning truck before directing the traffic around the crash site.
 
Eye witness Margie Culberson, who took a photo of the Good Samaritan Santa, said: 'It must have just happened. It was a fireball and a lot of black smoke.'
 
Coppell Police said they have no record of any Santa Claus being at the scene of the crash.
 
But WFAA-TV managed to locate him.
 
Turns out Santa Claus is former volunteer fire fighter Brad Luddeke, from Arlington, who was coming home from delivering toys to families in need in full Santa gear as he does every year.
 
He told the news channel: 'As soon as I grabbed (the driver's) jacket and pulled him away, I said, "Your car's on fire".

'We turned to leave, and I guess the battery exploded. And that's when everything went up.'
 
He won't admit that he probably saved someone's life but said he was just glad to help as he lost his son, 17, in a traffic accident seven years ago.
 
He assured all the good little boys and girls that Santa won't be late this year after his moment of heroism.

SOURCE: Daily Mail
 

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