WINONA, Minnesota (WXOW) - In February, UPS driver Tim O'Hare was delivering packages when he saw something unusual.
"I caught that flash of light," said O'Hare. "And in my mind something just said 'you need to check that out.'"
Tim pulled off the road and discovered 17 year old Hannah Klinski lying in the snow after being thrown from her car. She was conscious but had severe injuries.
"I was on my knees talking to Hannah and stuff and trying to keep her awake," said O'Hare.
And his quick actions saved her life.
"I owe my life to him," said Klinski. "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him"
Tim's heroism has earned him the Liberty Mutual Life Saver Award. A rare honor with only around 20 recipients in the United States each year.
"She calls me her hero," said O'Hare, "but I just look at it that I did what everybody else should have or would have done."
"I feel like God sent him there to find me, to save me," said Klinski. "I feel like it wasn't just a coincidence."
Hannah was paralyzed in the accident from the waist down, but remains positive through this life-changing event.
"I am so grateful to be able to be here and still living my life," said Klinski, "and everything I get to do is just a blessing."
And Tim has been with her every step of the way.
"He's been amazing. He's always there, he's really encouraging, and very, very supportive."
"I kind of feel like we have a bond. And she will always be very special to me."
Since the accident, Tim and Hannah have formed a close friendship.
They talk and text on a regular basis and see each other in person at least twice a month.
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