HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Sometimes life's darkest moments reveal in us a side that is truly remarkable. That's the case for four strangers who risked their lives and swam through floodwater to save a stranded driver in southwest Houston.
On Tuesday, Steven Shannon stopped to take a look at the rising water at Memorial Drive and Shepherd. Suddenly, a car plunged into the water below them. Shannon and three other men jumped into action.
"When you see someone in a situation like that, you don't think about what to do. You just do what you have to do," Shannon said. We all swam after her," Shannon said. "I just didn't want to see the lady drown."
A bystander captured the rescue on video.
"The automatic locks wouldn't work, the windows wouldn't work and she was just trapped," Shannon said.
As her car began to sink, Glenda Reynolds said she prayed. She said she thought of her family.
"I thought, 'Okay, Lord, this is how it's going to be. I'm going to drown in this sinking car with my puppy.'"
Thankfully, they managed to pull Reynolds and her dog from the submerged vehicle.
When ABC 13 first reported this story yesterday, we thought Reynolds and Shannon were well acquainted after the rescue.
"I don't know why I didn't stay," Shannon said. "Once I knew she was safe and in good hands, I just decided to get going. I guess I didn't want to stress her out more."
"I'm trying to remember all the faces of the people who helped me, but it's difficult. I was somewhat in shock when it all happened."
So ABC 13 arranged for the two to meet.
"I'm a little nervous," Shannon said as we waited outside the Reynold's door. Mr. Reynolds led us upstairs, where Mrs. Reynolds was waiting.
"My prayers were answered. You are my guardian angel," Reynolds told Shannon as she wrapped her arms around him.
"I just hope anyone would do the same thing if it happened to me," Shannon said.
"I wouldn't be here if you and the other young men hadn't pulled me out. You saved me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you," Reynolds said. null
Good Samaritan reunites with woman he saved from flooded car in SW Houston