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Man meets woman who saved his life
BARSTOW • When Bibi Boucher finally met the man she saved from a burning truck, she was shocked to see how tall he really was.
Boucher was working the graveyard shift at the Holiday Inn Express in Barstow on Sept. 30, when she saw a truck fully engulfed in flames. In the truck, was unconscious Barstow resident Rocky Valenzuela.
Valenzuela, standing at 6 feet 1 inch, met the woman who saved his life on Tuesday night at Sizzler, in Barstow.
“First thing I thought to myself when I saw Rocky was, how in the world did I pull him out of the truck,” Boucher said. “Rocky is so much bigger than I am, it’s hard to believe I was able to yank him out of the truck.”
Then the emotions began to sink in because Boucher was finally meeting the man she had so many questions about.
“It was a huge relief to finally know that he is okay,” Boucher said. “I met Rocky on his worst day of his life. All I could remember about him was seeing him passed out and covered in blood. I don’t worry about him anymore, I know he is okay.”
Boucher said to see Valenzuela smiling with his family was probably the most rewarding sight she could see. Valenzuela’s dad called Boucher his angel and thanked her for saving his son’s life.
Valenzuela was thankful for Boucher’s action and is thankful for a second chance at life.
Valenzuela does not have any recollection of the traffic collision, but takes this as a wake-up call.
“I owe Bibi my life,” Valenzuela said. “If it wasn’t for her being there I could have been dead. Everything has sunken in and I wake up every morning thanking God for all of this. This is a wake-up call. Our lives could be taken so fast so easily. I’m really appreciating life much more.”
Since the accident, Boucher and Valenzuela have become really good friends. The two have been in contact through Facebook before meeting in person.
According to Boucher, the families have already arranged a barbecue get-together to watch the Oakland Raiders, Valenzuela’s favorite team, play against the Dallas Cowboys, Boucher’s husband’s favorite team.
Valenzuela said he is sure there will be plenty of more get-togethers because he has a friend for life in Boucher.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.