As further proof that teachers don’t get paid nearly enough, a heroic elementary school teacher recently rescued a toddler from a SUV that had caught fire in the pickup lane at Cameron Ranch Elementary School in Carmichael, CA.

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Second grade teacher Elaine Johnson was directing students after school dismissal on Monday, when she noticed that a nearby Toyota 4Runner had suddenly burst into flames. According to reports, the vehicle had ignited after the driver hit a speed bump. Even more terrifying, it was occupied by a parent and two toddlers.

With no thought for her own personal safety, Johnson raced to the car and quickly removed a child while a bystander rescued the others. Meanwhile, other good Samaritans, including a school custodian, put out the blaze with fire extinguishers. Fortunately, everyone involved in the fire escaped injury.

After the incident, the courageous teacher described herself as understandably rattled. “I’m a little shaken. I don’t handle adrenaline very well,” she said. “It was like a movie. You expected it to explode. You expected it to blow up.”

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