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The man who escaped death after being pinned between a car and a chain got to meet the gun-toting Good Samaritan who saved his life.

Jamaryon Middlebrooks was driving along North Emerson on a Sunday night when someone waved him to the side of the road. There, Middlebrooks found tow truck driver Louis Hewitt unconscious, as witnesses described him turning blue.

“Basically, I remember pulling up to assist a lady with her vehicle,” Hewitt said. “The cable was behind me so it rode up my back and it pinned me on the car.”

At that point, Middlebrooks made a split-second decision, grabbing his handgun out of his truck and firing nine shots at the chain, eventually dislodging it. Bystanders rushed to help the driver.

“I don’t see myself as a hero. I just figured hopefully someone would do that for me if I was in that situation,” Middlebrooks said.

But now, Louis’ family is saying thanks.

“He saved my life when he saved my husband’s,” said Louis’ wife, Jessica Hewitt. “He’s my life you know.”

After seeing him on Fox59 last week, they knew they had to thank him in person.

“I’m trying to hunt around to find this person, and then as soon as I saw it on the news, I contacted you guys,” Jessica said. “I want to give him a big hug and tell him how much he means to me and my whole family.”

“How you feeling?” Middlebrooks asked Hewitt when they reunited Wednesday night.

“Day-to-day,” Hewitt responded, after a warm embrace, “a lot better than I was that night!”

“If it wasn’t for him, my brother wouldn’t have been here this Christmas,” said Louis’ sister, Amber Hewitt. “But because of him, he is, so he’s our hero.”

“It’s heartwarming,” Middlebrooks said. “It’s heartwarming that I could help someone.”

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