Miami drag queen Elaine Lancaster is being hailed as a “shero” after bravely rescuing a young man from his burning car on the Greek island of Mykonos before it was fully engulfed by flames.
“I was home in my kitchen. They have rented me a beautiful villa,” said Lancaster, aka James Davis, who with New York drag queens Brooks and Lady Bunny will work the month of August at @54 Club in Mykonos. “The streets are narrow, almost like donkey paths. If you don’t have a very narrow car, like a smart car or a scooter, you can’t get through the road. The road is elevated. From my patio, it’s almost eye level.”
“I could smell they were burning the clutch,” said Davis. “I said to the guy, ‘The car is on fire — I smell it.’ The girl says, that’s OK, OK. I said, ‘No, I see flames.’”
The young woman who was driving the car jumped out, followed by the male passenger in the back seat. “The guy in the back seat opens the door and gets out of the car,” Davis said. “The guy on the passenger side, he sees fire coming out of the hood. It’s almost like he hypnotized. He’s frozen. He keeps staring at the hood.”
“I ran up the stairs and hopped over a little wall to get to the passengers side. The window as halfway down. I reached in and pushed his seat belt button. I opened the car door and grabbed him by the arm. He stood up in a daze,” Davis said. “Some people handle stress differently. He snapped out of it in the house and said, ‘You saved my life.’
Drag Queen Roxy Brooks shared a picture of the vehicle fully engulfed in flames on Facebook, and wrote of the thanks Lancaster received for her heroic act: