CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)-- For the first time since a group of men made a life-saving rescue earlier this week, a Chippewa Falls man got the chance to say "thank you!"
Those men lifted a van off Jose Guerrero after it fell off a jack and onto him Monday, and a letter carrier nearby helped get police there moments after it happened.
“These two are my heroes, thank God for it,” said Jose Guerrero, as for the first time he shook hands with 2-police officers who saved his life.
“I thought I was going to die. I thought I would be dead before anybody got me,” added Guerrero.
Police say the rescue started even before the police cars pulled in.
“I thank God for that mail man that saw me,” said Guerrero.
“I thought I’d better check and see if there is anything wrong. I went up to the driver’s side on the vehicle on the front end. There he was pinned underneath his vehicle. I said to Mister Guerrero - hang in there, hang in there! And it couldn't be more than a minute later officer Johnson showed up,” explained Guerrero’s mail carrier Jim Pevan.
“It was fortunate that I was about 45 seconds away. I was near Irvine Park and it was on 1325 Jefferson Avenue. That’s the last house in the limits of Chippewa Falls,” said Mark Johnson, master patrol officer.
“My first reaction was to get him under the vehicle,” said Pevan.
Sergeant Dave BeBeau was the second officer to rush over to Guerrero.
“It was nice to have two of us there, to help each other with that, and work as team,” explained BeBeau.
“Officers said my girls were crying; I didn't hear anything. I was hurting myself, and I was yelling, please, get me out of here,” remembered Guerrero.
The three of them got some pressure off Guerrero's face and chest.
It then took the fire department's help to pull him out from under his van.
“I'm very thankful that I'm alive, not a broken bone in my body, or my head,” added Guerrero.
“Gives you a good feeling inside to that you helped a family,” said BeBeau.
Seven kids got their father back that back that day.
“What makes this line of work so special, being able to help and serve the community,” said Johnson.
“And I thank them from the bottom of my heart, that they were here,” added Guerrero.
Police say they hope this happy ending is a good reminder for everyone to use safety precautions when working on their vehicles at home.