NEAR MILWAUKIE, OR (KATU/CNN) — An Oregon teen says he was just helping a friend in need when he pushed her out of the way of a truck.
Ellie Fielder says it’s still surreal.
“I saw my life flash before my eyes…” Ellie said.
The friend she met nearly a month ago when they were both new students at Rex Putnam High School saved her life.
“He’s my hero,” Ellie said.
Kameron Howell-Meeker heard the gray truck screech and then saw it swerve.
“And he was walking along the side with the cars, being a gentleman,” Ellie said. “He grabbed my arm and pushed me when the car was coming. And after he got hit, he flew over the cab of the car, did like three cartwheels in the air and landed flat on his stomach and face and is covered in road rash from pretty much his head to his toes.”
Kameron will need surgery on his knees. He has a broken pelvis, several torn ligaments and a compressed spine.
KATU met him just as he got home from the hospital.
A lot of people are calling him a hero.
KATU asked him what does he thought about that.
“I don’t think I should be a hero, I just helped a friend in need,” Kameron said.
A friend the nurses say spiked his heart rate when she visited.
“That was also ’cause the doctor was playing with my leg, okay?” Kameron replied.
A friend that will be grateful to him forever.
“I think it’s a pretty strong bond now…” Kameron said.
“And he’s going to be my best friend for the rest of my life,” Ellie replied.