Travin Dural, LSU’s top wide receiver, is used to the challenges presented by SEC defenses. He faced a different kind of challenge late last month.
According to the Advocate, Dural and his cousin, Southern receiver Randall Menard, rescued a woman from an overturned vehicle on July 30. Police say the woman was trapped inside her SUV until Dural and Menard were able to pull her to safety.
From the Advocate:
Dural, while leaving his Breaux Bridge home, passed an overturned SUV at about 10 p.m. July 30. A woman had swerved off Zin Zin Road, and her Nissan SUV landed upside down in a waterless ditch. Both front doors were jammed. The driver’s side door was crushed against the side wall of the 6-foot-deep trench.
She was hanging upside down from the driver’s seat, incapable of reaching or opening the back doors, said Michael McQuade, a St. Martin Sheriff deputy who was one of the first on the scene.
“She was trapped in the vehicle,” McQuade said.
Dural, along with his cousin, Southern receiver Randall Menard, pried open the rear passenger door and pulled out the woman from the vehicle, McQuade said.
Dural told the Advocate that he and his cousin turned around at a stop sign after they noticed the overturned vehicle.
“It was a good thing we turned around. I’m glad we got a chance to help this lady out,” Dural said. “There were no cars on the street. I don’t know when the next time somebody was going to come by.”
McQuade said Dural used his strength to get the door open and pull the woman, who was not injured, to safety.
“It’s something you normally don’t see a young guy his age do,” McQuade said of Dural. “Normal people would ride by and call. They wouldn’t go above and beyond and stop and check. They actually got the person out of the vehicle.”
After the story was published, LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette said the program didn’t find out about Dural’s selfless act until police told them.
Here's what type of person he is:He didn't tell anyone at LSU about it.We found out bc policeman called & told us. https://t.co/GcBpJLO0xA
— Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette) August 13, 2015
Dural, a junior, led the Tigers in receiving in 2014 with 37 catches for 758 yards and seven touchdowns.
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