California high school senior Steven Stenberg was in math class learning about probability when all of a sudden he heard a loud crash.
An elderly couple in a pickup truck lost control of their vehicle and drove through a fence, eventually hitting a fire hydrant close to Steven's classroom. While most of the other students stared with wide-eyes in shock, Steven and two other classmates quickly ran to help.
With water gushing to his knees because of the busted hydrant, Steven pulled the man from the driver's seat and passed him to classmate Nick Riddell. Then Steven tried to pull the woman from the smoking car, but she insisted he remove their dog first. The pooch, shook up and wanting to protect its owners, bit Steven but he was still able to get the animal to safety.
"The car was smoking," explains Steven, who doesn't want to be called a hero. "I just kind of did it. I thought the car was going to explode because it hit a couple of fences...I thought about [the danger] for a quick second. It was just instinct. I did it. While opening the door, I thought [the truck] might explode and I could die, but I just couldn't let someone die."
And this isn't the first time Steven's selfless nature has kicked in. His dad says that while driving home from a gym workout last December, Steven jumped out of the car after seeing an injured goose. The 17-year-old scooped the animal up in his shirt and took the bird to a wildlife center for care.