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SUV driver saved from fiery crash released from hospital

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The crash happened on I-65 near Armory Road on Sunday. (WSMV) The crash happened on I-65 near Armory Road on Sunday. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Hector Calderon Aguilar, the driver rescued by off-duty Franklin firefighters Sunday morning, has been released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Aguilar was trapped inside his burning SUV around 8:30 a.m. after crashing and flipping on I-65 near the Harding Place exit.

Four off-duty firefighters from Station 2 happened to be driving by on their way to the Titans game at Nissan Stadium.

They jumped out and pulled the man from the burning vehicle.

"All firefighters train for this. It's instinct to stop and help. No one in the car said, 'Oh, we're going to be late for the Titans game,'" said Cpt. Clay Mackey. "We stopped, we got out, we rendered aid.

"There was no fire showing, but I could smell something was burning. We knew we had to get him out," Mackey added.

"I said, ‘Look, we got to move him. The fire's spreading pretty fast,’" said Battalion Chief Eddie House.

Some 24 hours after Aguilar was pulled to safety, he was already out of the hospital.

"I hope he's doing alright. I hope he has a quick recovery, and our prayers are with him," said Alex Enouchs, an EMT/firefighter.

"You never know when something's going to happen. It's our instinct to stop and help," Mackey said.

The firefighters are downplaying their heroic rescue.

"If we had not been there, somebody else would have gotten the guy out," Mackey said, giving credit to a nurse and others who also stopped to help.

"It's just human nature to want to help somebody," House said.

They said they do this job because they love it and because they want to serve their community.

"We just happened to be in a place to make a difference, that day. We do it because it's what we should do," Mackey said.

The Metro Nashville Police Department said Aguilar had cocaine in the car and did not have a valid driver's license. 

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