Why this man is still a hero: A New Jersey pastor who saved lives after a plane crash
A pastor in New Jersey who risked his own life to save others after a crash on a plane crashed in New York has become a hero for saving the lives of hundreds of people after he called the flight to his house.
The New York Daily News reports that Matthew Karp, 46, who was an usher at a New Jersey church, called his mother to tell her that he was headed to the scene of the crash and asked her to call the church.
She called him back and he told her to stay in touch with him and he would try to call back later in the day.
Karp told his mother he had a friend at the church who would be coming down to the airport to check on him and told her that she should go check on the church, the newspaper reported.
She then called the plane’s captain to ask him if she could get on board, and he confirmed that the plane had crashed and called the police, the New York Post reported.
The newspaper reported that the pilot was pronounced dead at the scene.
Karp was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and released.