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Comedy enthusiasts breathed a sigh of relief on Monday, as it was announced that comic actor Dick Van Dyke escaped from a car fire on a Los Angeles freeway. However, he likely wouldn't have made it out alive if it weren't for the bravery and selflessness of Jason and Kimberly Pennington, a pair of passersby that pulled Van Dyke from his car without even realizing who he was.
On Tuesday, the pair of Good Samaritans joined “Piers Morgan Live” to share their story.
Kimberly first spotted a man hunched over at the driver’s wheel. When they approached, they found an elderly gentlemen trying to gather his things, just before flames engulfed the front end of the car:
“You don't want to really lay hands on anybody,” Jason began, “so, I just grabbed him by the arm and I pulled him out and said, ‘You got to get out now.’ As he stumbled out he looked at me and I realized who it was and he says, 'I'm OK. I'm OK,’" the guest explained. "I said, ‘That's good, let's get away from the car.’ He said, ‘Really, I'm fine.’”
Just moments later, the car was completely consumed by flames.
Jason told Piers Morgan that Van Dyke, in a combination of delirium and embarrassment, politely asked "Is that my car on fire? ... Man, I just got it out of the shop."
Kimberly, who was on the receiving end of a Good Samaritan act just weeks earlier, watched as her husband ran towards the flames:
“I was terrified for my husband, but he was really amazing.”
Despite being hailed as a hero by both his wife and the media, Jason remained humble and told Morgan “I would have done it for anybody.”
On the heels of a day that saw international outrage over the senseless murder of an innocent young man in Oklahoma, “Piers Morgan live” asked guest Star Jones to weigh in on the significance of this crime.
When asked about her response to the absurd motive that led to the death of Chris Lane, a promising 23-year-old Australian baseball player, the attorney and national spokesperson for the National Association of Professional Women flipped the question on its head:
“It breaks my heart that a young man lost his life in such a senseless manner," began Jones. "But the fact that you even had to identify him as young, handsome, talented, with all these dreams and hopes and aspirations, distinguishes him from other murder victims in our country and brings his story to light.”
In an effort to call attention to all shameful killings, Jones called for a focus on victims of all types, in locations around the nation:
“This happens on the streets and cities across our country,” she continued, “from St. Louis to Miami, Florida, to New York City, to Chicago, Illinois, to Detroit, Michigan. And as senseless as this homicide is, those other homicides are just as senseless, and those people were somebody's kid, also.”
In the context of the ongoing discussion over gun policies, Jones exercised her legal background to argue against politics, and for mankind:
"It's not a partisan issue, especially when there is a dead kid on the ground,” she stated. "It's not about being conservative or about being liberal. The Constitution of the United States provides us with the right to bear arms. It does not provide us with the right to bear arms under all circumstances. Every single right under the Constitution has some sort of provision to it where there is some limitations. And we have to have good, common sense gun control as it relates to the Second Amendment.”
On Tuesday, Captain Jay Evans of the Duncan, Oklahoma Police Department joined “Piers Morgan Live” in an attempt contextualize the senseless murder of 23-year-old Chris Lane that shook his small Oklahoma town:
“Our community is approximately 23,000 people. It's a wonderful community, a great place to have your kids grow up, and normally, it would be safe to go anywhere in town any time day or night. You wouldn't have to worry about being attacked or anything like that.”
On the heels of Monday's shooting death, Evans painted a picture of the nightmarish scene:
“This young man, the young victim was just jogging, and I believe that he was listening to his radio that he had on his arm, and he was just jogging. He was jogging with traffic," the guest explained via phone. "So these individuals came up behind him in a car and ... shot him in the back and then sped away.”
The Captain was unable to verify the exact words used by the accused to describe their motive, but he did offer one chilling comment in closing:
“They had the desire to be gangsters.”