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Julian's hosting benefit dinner for Good Samaritan

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – When a truck burst into flames, she came running to help, suffering severe burns in the process. Now, an East Texas Good Samaritan is in need of help herself.

Earlier this month, 22-year-old Brittany Kirkley tried to save 19-year-old Randy DeShawn Smith after his truck flipped and burst into flame on University Boulevard in Tyler.

Smith died from his injuries.

On Wednesday, for the first time on camera, Brittany say down with KLTV's Jena Johnson to share her account of this harrowing situation, which she says she would do all over again.

"All I could say is that we got to get you out of here, and the gas was dripping and you could smell it, and he was stuck. I didn't know what to say at that moment," Brittany recalled.

Part of Brittany Kirkley's recovery is dealing with the vivid memories of the scene.

"I walked away after the explosion and I ran away to the side, by my truck, and I brushed my hair and my hair was falling out. And then I was like ‘oh my gosh.'"

The second part is physical, as Brittany has to doctor her burns daily.

That's where her 2-year-old daughter, Lilly, tries to help out.

For weeks, the mother and daughter were separated. Lilly stayed with a family friend while her mom was hospitalized in a burn unit.

When Matt Schulz, the owner of Julian's restaurant in Tyler heard of Brittany's situation, he wanted to help.

"It really just hit home to see what she's going through, and her struggles, and how resilient she is with everyone," said Schulz.

Schulz says every plate of food and drink served on Thursday will help pay for Brittany's growing medical bills.

"She's trying to be a Good Samaritan. She put herself on the line, so I think we can all kind of step up and put ourselves on the line too, to help her," Schulz expressed.

Brittany remains humble, appreciative of what complete strangers are doing for her and her daughter.

"It makes me feel really good that there's people out there that really do care, and want to do that because the prayers alone help a lot, and [for] someone to take the time to do that for me, is nice," Brittany expressed.

Julian's hopes for a packed house to give back to the Good Samaritan who would've given her life.

15% of all proceeds from Julian's Thursday night will be donated to Brittany's medical fund.

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