Gallatin resident Randy Rogers was recognized by Police Chief Don Bandy and Mayor Paige Brown last week for rescuing the driver of a burning vehicle on April 20. SUBMITTED

Gallatin resident Randy Rogers was recognized by Police Chief Don Bandy and Mayor Paige Brown last week for rescuing the driver of a burning vehicle on April 20. SUBMITTED

A Gallatin man is being called a hero after police say he rescued a driver whose vehicle caught fire after veering off the road and into a ditch last month.

The single-vehicle crash occurred on Albright Farms Drive just off Long Hollow Pike near State Route 109 at approximately 7:37 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, according to an incident report from the Gallatin Police Department.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as 65-year-old James Johnson of Gallatin, had been entering The Residences of Gallatin when he lost control of his SUV.

Randy Rogers, who lives in the apartment complex, was on his way to the store when he saw the vehicle in the ditch on the opposite side of the road “leaking flames from up under the hood.”

“I was trying to tell him to get out,” Rogers told the Gallatin News. “He was having a problem… so I just helped him out and up the hill. If he would have stayed in there he would have been burned.

“I was just doing what was supposed to be done.”

According to police, Johnson has visible trouble walking and requires a walker for assistance.

The 65-year-old, who also suffered a concussion during the wreck, said he is “forever grateful” for Rogers’ help.

“The last thing I remember is going down an embankment,” Johnson told the Gallatin News. “I don’t even remember getting in an ambulance. I was out. Even though I don’t remember anything about it, he did help. He is a hero.”

Rogers was recognized during a city council meeting last week by Gallatin Police Chief Don Bandy for his heroic actions.

“It’s not every day something like this happens,” Bandy said. “I know that the family of Mr. Johnson is very grateful because they told us that more than likely he could not have gotten out (on his own). We are just very thankful (Rogers) was in the right place at the right time and the good Lord works in mysterious ways.”

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