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'Heroes' come to Eugene Stenov's rescue after being trapped under car

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St. Petersburg, Florida -- A quick trip to the grocery store ended in a stay in a hospital bed for a St. Petersburg man.

It all happened in the parking lot of Publix located off of 54th Avenue South. That's when the 75-year-old Eugene Stenov was hit while walking to his car and pinned underneath the vehicle.

He says it's thanks to a few community heroes that he's alive.

"It's a big break," says Eugene.

As Eugene sits in his hospital bed with a few broken bones, he knows things could be a lot worse. 

"There's a black lady right next to me and I tell her I'm going to black out or die and she squeezes my hand and says, 'You're not going to die,'" says Stenov.

Firefighters, a few civilians and three Publix employees came to Eugene's rescue.

"Firefighters pointed at us and, it was Melissa myself and Patrick, and he said, 'Help us lift this car,'" says Marianne Ward, one of the Publix employees who helped lift the car off of Stenov.

In a matter of minutes, Eugene was being rushed to the hospital

"I can't say it enough. They saved my life. Thank you is not enough," says Stenov.

For Marianne Ward, she's just happy she was able to help a person that was in need.

"I don't consider us heroes. We did what we had to do," says Ward.

As for the driver, Stenov says he's not upset with the woman. He knows accidents happen.

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