Trucker “Right On Time” To Save Trapped Teen From Burning Car
East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana – A seventeen year old boy owes his life to a truck driver after the car he was driving hit a tree and caught fire in a one-vehicle crash on Highway 10 in East Feliciana Parish last Thursday.
Reonardo Frost was driving to work around 7 a.m. on June 27 when he swerved to miss an animal in the road.
Next thing he knew, he said, his car was in the woods… and on fire.
To make matters even worse, he was trapped.
“I was just yelling because people kept passing me up not helping and then I started crying saying, ‘Help me, help me,’” Frost told WAFB.
That’s when truck driver Dwight Hawkins, who drives for Beverly Industries, was operating along Highway 10 and saw the flames in the woods.
Hawkins normally does not take Highway 10, but credited divine intervention for being in the right place at the right time.
“God was in the plan,” Hawkins said.
He immediately stopped and got out of his rig, eager to help.
“[The car] was already in flames, so I managed to get him out and get him away from it. Maybe 20, 30 seconds later, it ignited, so it was right on time.”
Hawkins still had a job to do, despite his heroic feat.
So, he stayed with the teenager until East Feliciana Sheriff’s Office Deputy Willie Brooks arrived on scene, and then continued about his business.
Frost had a badly broken leg and was airlifted to a hospital in Baton Rouge.
He underwent surgery on his leg and thanks to the quick-thinking and fearlessness of Hawkins, is expected to make a full recovery.
In all the chaos, Frost did not get the name of the truck driver and police officer who helped save his life.
Frost’s mother, Valerie, made a tearful plea to the two men she called “heroes” during an on-camera interview with WAFB.
“A truck driver did save him. I am in the process of trying to get his information. If you are out there, reach out to somebody. I just want to tell you, ‘thank you.’ I want to give you a hug,” said Valerie.
Much to mother and son’s surprise, however, the local news station already located both the truck driver and police officer.
They were brought to the hospital to meet with the boy they saved and his very grateful mother.
“Thank you guys so much. Thank you so much. My baby is here because of y’all and I thank y’all so much,” Valerie said through tears.
Mother, son, police officer and truck driver all enjoyed some time together and shared in a moment of prayer to the One they know truly saved Frost’s life.
“He’s supposed to be here because the Lord got him here,” Valerie proclaimed.
It’s yet another example of a good-hearted truck driver being in the right place at the right time and willing to serve.
(Featured image courtesy of Clinton Fire Department)
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