“Another man was there trying to get her out,” he said. “But it was just too hot. It was so intense … we tried very hard to get her out. I am so sorry.”
Calvin Todd said he could see that Gilreath was unconscious.
“She didn’t cry out or scream,” he said. “She didn’t suffer.”
The Todds said they planned to attend Gilreath’s visitation, which was held Wednesday evening, to offer comfort to the family.
Calvin Todd said he singed his hand in the rescue attempt, but is fine physically.
“I have had trouble sleeping,” he said.
Gilreath was a nurse at Fort Hamilton Hospital for almost 35 years and leaves behind a husband, two sons and grandchildren. Her funeral is today.
The crash remains under investigation by the Hamilton Police Department.