LEWISTON, Idaho –
Matthew Sitko was terrified. He had driven his 2000 GMC Yukon through a yard and over shrubs and over trees before coming to a rest on the edge of a cliff. The vehicle was supported by a chain link fence before preventing it from falling on the roadway below.
29-year-old Jason Warnock pulled Sitko out of the car Wednesday, April 15 before police arrived. Warnock followed the debris left by the vehicle’s path to Yukon.
At first, he tried to break the passenger window but was unable to do so.
“Every time I hit it, the thing rocked like it was going to fall,” Warnock said.
Instead, he calmed Sitko down and had him roll down the window so he could pull him to safety.
“God put me in the right place at the right time,” Warnock said.
Warnock was not publicly identified until the next day since he left before the police arrived.
“Well the cops are there,” he said. “You know, so [Sitko’s] is in good hands now. And I gotta go frame some walls.”
Warnock doesn’t feel he deserves any credit.
“I just did what anyone would do and went right back to work,” he said.
The Lewiston Police Department thanks Warnock for his “quick and decisive actions in helping Mr. Sitko and preventing the situation from worsening,” Roger Lanier, interim police chief, said.
Warnock doesn’t like all the attention and said he would rather be fishing in the mountains than reading about himself.