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Volunteers Help Crash Victims

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In the wake of a tragedy, two good Samaritans put aside their own grief to help someone else.

WHLT talked with them about how they came to the rescue.

Central Lamar County Firefighter Coty Morgan and his brother-in-law, who is a volunteer for the M & M District in Jones County Eric Jordan both said they love being firefighters.

"When I joined the fire department, I did it to help people," Jordan said.

Morgan followed in his dad's footsteps and first joined the Hebron VFD about 15 years ago.

"He let me go with him to the fire station to the meetings and that's how they met me, and they welcomed me just like him," Morgan said.

Jordan became an active member at M & M after losing his first wife in a car accident in 2007.

Wednesday they were riding down Springhill Road on the way to Morgan's mom's house finalizing plans for his dad's funeral arrangements.

"He passed away in a tragic wreck Monday evening," Morgan explained.

They reached the intersection at Service Road within moments of another accident.  A white pick-up collided with a white Crown Victoria.

"I couldn't go passed knowing that those people needed help," Jordan said. 

"I know when my dad had his accident Monday, there were a lot of people there trying to help him, and help my family, and that's why we do what we do," Morgan said.

The men rushed down the hill where the car landed.  Jordan helped three women inside the car while Morgan's attention was on a 3-year-old and a 26-year-old who were thrown out of the vehicle.

"I was trying to calm both of them down while keeping focus and trying to stay calm myself and be professional," Morgan recalled.

Next, he noticed an unresponsive lady lying in the back seat.

"I could not find a pulse, and I looked at her face, and I did whatever I could to try to help her, and so did Eric," Morgan said.

Soon help arrived.  Coroner Nancy Barnett pronounced two people dead at the scene, and the other three were transported to the hospital.

"I know it's going to be hard for that family," Morgan said. "They're going through tragedy right now, but I hope they're going to be okay, and I know they're going to make it through it. They seem like a strong family."

Some people consider the men heroes.

"I didn't do it for that.  I did it to help people," Jordan said.

"We don't do it to be recognized," Morgan confirmed.  "We just know that when we see something that someone needs help, and that's what we're trained to do. That's why we do this on a daily basis, and we love our jobs."

The driver of the vehicle has been released from the hospital.  The 26-year-old passenger requires jaw and possibly neck surgery, and the 3-year-old has a broken arm. They are both expected to recover.


See the original story and more details HERE:  http://www.whlt.com/story/24360181/jones-county-accident-kills-two

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