We all know and love “Machete” actor Danny Trejo for being one of the best villains in Hollywood. But as it turns out, he’s actually a real-life hero.
After going from a California prison inmate decades ago to one of the most recognizable on-screen faces, the 75-year-old has built his career on his tough, intimidating appearance. However, he was the scared one when two cars collided in front of him in Los Angeles this month, causing one to roll over — with a child inside.
Trejo had been on his way to drop off his car for repairs when chaos erupted on the street. He watched as another driver ran a red light, crashing into an SUV, which then flipped onto its roof. Trejo immediately got out and sprinted over to help, where he found a boy with special needs inside, trapped in his car seat. His mother screamed from where she was pinned by the driver’s door. His grandmother was inside as well, stuck in the back.
Another bystander, Monica Jackson, joined Trejo as he crawled in to unbuckle the child and free him from the overturned vehicle. He could smell gasoline, but he kept his cool and eventually, the two were able to pull the little boy out. At that point, the poor kid was panicking. Trejo works with special needs children himself, so he knew just how to distract him while firefighters rescued the others.
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“I said, ‘We have to use our superpowers.’ So he screamed, ‘superpowers,’ and we started yelling ‘superpowers’ back and forth to each other,” Trejo said. “I kept facing him away from what was going on.”
And thanks to his and the firefighters’ heroism, the boy, his mom, and grandma are going to be okay. While all three were taken to the hospital, their injuries weren’t life-threatening.
Now fans are hailing Trejo a hero for jumping to the family’s rescue, but he says it never occurred to him not to help. He simply had to act.
“We are here to serve, we are here to welcome, we are here to love. That’s what we’re supposed to be doing,” he said. “Everything good that has happened to me has happened as a direct result of helping someone else.”
Trejo’s wise words are something we should all take to heart. Learn more about how the actor stepped into the role of hero in the video below, and share to spread to him thanks for saving a life.
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