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Family looking to thank Good Samaritans who saved their relative

Posted at 5:15 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 23:16:21-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Around 8 p.m. on Saturday, Justin Weddle was in an accident and his vehicle caught on fire.

Before first responders could get to the scene, two passersby stopped to pull Weddle from the vehicle and extinguish the fire.

Through social media, Weddle’s family was able to identify Robert Delgado as one of the people who rescued him, but the family still is looking for the second person.

Family members want to express their gratitude to Delgado and the other person involved in the rescue.

"We just want to get out there to those people that we appreciate it, and because of them, he has a chance to live,” Weddle’s sister Kimberley French said.

“We’re really grateful for the (people) who stopped and pulled him out. Had it not been for them, he probably wouldn't be here,” Weddle’s niece Tammy Weddle said. “I know his kids, most of all, are very thankful for that (people who stopped).”

“We're just very grateful for whoever it was that stopped and rendered aid,” said Justin's brother TJ Weddle. “If not for them, he probably wouldn't be here.”

Justin Weddle is a single father of two.

“(He's ) a hard worker who does anything, and everything, he can for his kids, and anybody that he knows," French said. "(He'll) give his shirt off his back to help.”

Weddle’s sister and brother lost a sister in a fire in 2010.

“When the doctors told us that he was burned, it gave us flashbacks of our sister," French said. "So to know that somebody stopped and put him out to where he wasn't as bad as our sister, it's really touching and we're grateful and very blessed."

French was able to see her brother in the hospital on Saturday, and said he is doing well.

“I looked at him, and it was hard to see him the way he was because the way we lost my sister," she said. "I was holding his hand and I told him, ‘I love you.’ He was bandaged up, his eyes covered, he was trying to turn his head like he was trying to say ‘I love you,’ I said ‘I know you love me.’”

The family said their faith in God is how they will pull through.

"All we can do is pray," she said. "We're a Christian family, my brother is a Christian, he has accepted Christ in his heart. [I told him] it's in God's hands, and God's got you in His hands, and He will take care of you.”

The family is raising money to help pay for medical expenses.